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a boy is a boy… expression or saying

A callback to the proverb:
A boy is a boy; two boys are half a boy; three boys are no boy at all
…a commentary on the productivity of boys hired to do work, when child labour was considered acceptable


Kipling or not Kipling – see Notes

Collected by

Pa – 1970s
Noel King – father of Naomi


Variously attributed as a Chinese proverb, to Flora Thompson (in Lark Rise to Candleford), to Charles Lindbergh and to Mr Bowler of Shelford village shop in the 1950s

Submitted: 16/05/2021 by Mark ● Last updated: 09/03/2022 22:25 by Mark

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