Is it appropriate to use the phrase "Wisdom of the day" in a sentence in the following context?

"Social distancing is the wisdom of the day"

I've heard the phrase being used before, but it feels somewhat clunky. I couldn't find any other instances of the phrase being used in this context.

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Oxford English Dictionary (on line behind paywall)

1.d. Contextually, usually predicative with following infinitive: = a wise thing to do; also with 'a' and plural, a piece of wisdom; a wise action or proceeding. (Opposed to folly n.1 1c) archaic.

1362 W. Langland Piers Plowman A. vii. 201 Here nou..and holde hit for wisdam. [Listen... and accept it as wisdom.]


1831 W. Scott Count Robert vii, in Tales of my Landlord 4th Ser. II. 183 It is wisdom to choose a better protector.

1884 H. H. Jackson Ramona i If she had ever said anything about herself, which she never did—one of her many wisdoms.

  • So if I'm reading this right, the sentence isn't wrong. Is that a fair conclusion to make?
    – Arunkgp
    Apr 10, 2020 at 11:04
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    Yes. It is a little formal but correct.
    – Greybeard
    Apr 10, 2020 at 11:52
  • Thank you. I figured it sounded a bit archaic.
    – Arunkgp
    Apr 10, 2020 at 13:29

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