I’m figuring that the vast majority of the readers of my articles easily finished the old saying I’m using for this article. For the younger reader the whole saying is: “The watched pot never boils.” This old expression implies that if you take the time to watch a pot of water heat up, it will seem like it never gets to a boiling point. The origin of this phrase dates back to the mid-1700s. Benjamin Franklin alludes to this proverb in a report he made concerning mesmerism: “‘...a watched pot is slow to boil,’ as Poor Richard says.” Poor Richard is a character invented by Franklin for his annual, Poor Richard’s Almanack, published from 1732 to 1758.
December 2, 2022
The Watched Pot