March 27, 2016
A fool and his money soon part.
Staying on the topic of money…
This is a saying I first heard as a little girl. I was told this by my mother and it was pretty easy to see it play out in real time.
What Is the Origin of This Saying?
My first stop when looking at this saying was the Phrases.org website. There’s a section called The Phrase Finder that is headed by a Gary Martin. While looking for various phrases, I finally decided to search for this one and found that this site serves as good referencing material.
On the page in question, I was lead to a reference. An Olde English book of rhymes, Five Hendreth Pointes of Good Hubandrie (1573) by Thomas Tusser, is apparently the oldest known source of the saying. A certain passage can be found in Chapter 10 (“Good husbandlie lessons), at Verse (or line?) 11: