"The early bird catches the worm": A German saying?


Sayings and idioms have a long tradition in Germany. Again and again animals are consulted in the popular wisdom to illustrate meaning - and sometimes nonsense - visually. The saying "The early bird catches the worm" - a kind of "Carpe Diem" of the animal kingdom - is particularly popular. "The early bird catches the worm": A German saying? - Image: Shutterstock / Steve Byland

Pretty much everyone can do something with the saying "The early bird catches the worm". In its meaning, of course, it means that you should start doing things as early as possible, then the chances of success are much better.

The saying goes that the bird has a better chance of catching a worm at dawn. The latter ventures to the surface, especially in the early hours of the morning, when the soil is still damp from the dew.

Having a bird: where does the phrase come from?

"The early bird catches the worm" actually comes from Great Britain

What most may not know: The saying is actually not a German saying, but has only been used in this country since the 1980s. The saying originally comes from English.

In 1670 it was first used in the book "A collection of English proverbs" by John Ray. It said: "The early bird catches the worm". Incidentally, the saying "morning hour has gold in the mouth" is related to the bird speech, which aims at the same meaning and has been used in Germany for much longer.

Alternatively, you can of course also say "who comes first, paints first" or "what you can get today, do not postpone until tomorrow". When it comes to idioms, many roads lead to Rome.

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