This phrase is typically used to describe someone who loses their money quickly, either by being tricked or spending it wastefully.
Example: After receiving a paycheck from his job, Alex went to a horse racing venue and bet every cent of it on a race. He ended up losing the bet, and his money. Thus, concerning Alex, one might say that a fool and his money are soon parted.
The Origin Of “A Fool And His Money Are Soon Parted”
This phrase is at least 460 years old. It was used by a poet named Thomas Tusser in a poem he wrote called Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, in the year 1557. While the wording is a bit different, the expression is still similar enough to the one that’s used today:
“A foole and his money be soone at debate: which after with sorow repents him too late.”
What is the idea behind this saying, for those who may not know? Basically, it means that a person who acts carelessly with their money will lose it fast. For example, if someone focuses their money largely on the necessary things—food, water, clothes, etc.—then their money will likely last them for a while because they are being careful with how they spend it.
However, if a person is reckless with how they use their money and they do something like gambling it all away at a casino, then their money won’t last long at all. They will be “parted” or “separated” from their money in no time!
Thus, when someone acts carelessly with their money and they lose it because of that, as the saying goes, ‘a fool and his/her money are soon parted.’
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Below is an example of this saying being used in a sentence:
- Bryan’s grandmother gave him two hundred dollars as a gift. However, he promptly lost the money by betting on a sports game. Thus, as the saying goes, a fool and his money are soon parted.
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