Why is "It's THE early bird that catches THE worm and why is "A drowning man will clutch at A straw" I just can's the logic here. Would someone explain me?
I think it is a mistake to over-analyse the precise wording of proverbs. They are set phrases that have been repeated so often that everybody knows them. It is a matter of chance what wording has survived that process. One could invent proverbs with the opposite wording:
- A sleepless bird can choose a tasty morsel.
- The weaker swimmer makes the bigger splash.