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?

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    A drowning man isn't all that particular. – Hot Licks Mar 17 '18 at 20:10
  • (And can you explain the meaning of "can's" to me?) – Hot Licks Mar 17 '18 at 20:11
  • mistype. I meant "can't". – Ratibor Yaroslavovich Mar 17 '18 at 20:13
  • but i can't understand exactly why the early bird is that particular... – Ratibor Yaroslavovich Mar 17 '18 at 20:14
  • wikipedia.com could give you nice explanations of each. – lbf Mar 17 '18 at 20:15

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:

  1. A sleepless bird can choose a tasty morsel.
  2. The weaker swimmer makes the bigger splash.
  • Thanks. But I'm not sure the second example you gave is good. You anyway CAN'T say "A weakest". – Ratibor Yaroslavovich Mar 19 '18 at 11:36
  • OK. Edited to avoid this criticism. – JeremyC Mar 19 '18 at 13:00

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