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I'm looking to describe something less formalized--i.e., with a lower collocation--than "aphorism", "maxim" or "adage" would imply. "Dictum" is the closest I can come up with but it's still too dogmatic.
In short, an idea, not an expression.

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    You will have to give some examples of what you are hoping to name. I can think of an adage but it will be a different piece of advice from a maxim or even an aphorism. A little help, please.
    – Elliot
    Jul 22, 2020 at 2:23
  • There is saw³. According to the old saw, a language is a dialect with an army and a navy. Jul 22, 2020 at 10:57
  • Maybe guidepost or guideline would suffice.
    – RobJarvis
    Jul 22, 2020 at 13:25
  • "A piece of wisdom" and "a rule of thumb" mean different things. I would have said advice or counsel, but neither explicitly states that it is actually wise. Jul 22, 2020 at 16:23

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