Fractured Cliché: You catch more bees with honey than salt
Correct Cliché: You catch more flies with honey than vinegar
There was a time when we never locked our parrot, Amy, in her cage. She could be trusted not to fly around the house and not to destroy the furniture. Even though she could generally be trusted, once in a while we’d find evidence that she’d done something she probably shouldn’t have. Here’s an example.
Amy’s cage was in our family room and the kitchen was at the opposite end of the space. One morning we left a plastic jar of honey on the table. When I got home from work, there was a big hole in the jar, honey had spread across the top of the table and it was marked with bird footprints. Even though Amy wouldn’t admit to any wrongdoing, the evidence spoke for itself. That day we caught a parrot with honey.
May the farce be with you!