(Closed) "blood is thicker than water"

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Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Orion:  haha awesome! I always hated that phrase anyway. Like “No, my drug-addled delusional evil sister does not deserve to take precedence over my best friends who have always been there beside me with support.” Now I can really take it down. 

haha, can you tell I get guilt tripped with this sometimes?

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I have always been taught that it meant that your friends can be more important than family.

I had never heard the “real” saying, though. Interesting.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Oh that’s interesting! I completely agree with that as opposed to the more commonly understood/accepted meaning, which I don’t agree with at all 😛

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Interesting.

I’ve always taken it to mean Family before all others.  Which for me and my values makes sense.

Now that you’ve put it this way:

“The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb,”

In a Bridal sense that says to me that “the covenant” of Marriage that we have as an adult should trump out the relationship that we had as children with our “other family”.  Our Marriage Family should come first.

And that is certainly a belief of mine… “Leave & Cleave”

Sadly a lot of people go into Marriage without understanding this concept… some people are continually struggling as they put others… Parents or Themselves before the Relationship that they have made with your Spouse.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Interesting!!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Orion:  Is that true? Wikipedia says the origin is a German proverb which pretty well means “Blood is thicker than water”. Wikipedia’s not always right of course, but it does cite some books. May I be bold enough to ask your source?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@This Time Round:  

@Orion: 

That’s really interesting! I learn a lot from you Bees 🙂

We have a somewhat similar saying in my language, it says “Blood isn’t water” and can actually mean two things, depending on the context. One meaning is the “usual” meaning of “Blood is thicker than water”, i.e. family before everyone else but the other one, which I think is even slightly more common, means something like “Like father like son”.  

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Orion:  Slovenian. Sorry, I guess I should have specified in my post 🙂

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

That’s really interesting! I didn’t know that (:

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Orion:  how interesting- I had no idea!

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Orion:  Thanks to Google Books/Scholar: it’s in this book:

Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep: The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day. A Jack – 2006 – Penguin UK

I’ve no idea how reliable/well researched that book is. But it’s not just Cracked who says it, I’ll give you that.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Orion:  Wow I never knew that was the whole saying! How interesting and how true

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