“Act In Haste, Repent At Leisure”
“Haste Makes Waste”


(A Comparison)

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| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!he “Aphorism”“Act In Haste, Repent At Leisure” — is a phrase which is more common in British-English — but is used in the same way as the phrase:  “Haste Makes Waste” — which is much more common in American-English…  (and makes a lot more sense.)  😉

Let’s Break It Down…


  • The Word “Haste” Refers To:  excessive speed in doing something;  to hurry — and is often thought of as a “bad” idea…  Especially when doing something important.
  • To “Repent” Is:  to feel, and to express a great amount of regret about something.  The noun form of this word is:  “Repentance” — which has been a very lucrative source of money & influence for the Catholic Church & domineering parents.
  • The Word “Leisure” Can Be Summed-Up As:  “Relaxation”“Freedom From Duties”.  To be “At Leisure” [British-English] means “to be relaxing” or doing activities which make one feel less stressed or filled with more energy or “life” because they do not have any other obligations.  So “Leisure Time” — or the time that one is “At Leisure” is what, in American English, we would refer to as our “Free Time”.


So To Restate This In A More Complete Way…

“If a person acts in a hurried or rushed way — without paying close attention to what he or she is doing (which is what usually happens in these situations) — then there is a good chance that (later on), that same person will be rather upset about the results of his or her actions…  and will most-likely have to go back and re-do whatever it was he or she was doing…  (which would cause him or her to “repent” about their “haste”.)

Notice!  —  Because we know what we know about the word “Leisure” — this British-English phrase does not make logical sense.  If a person were experiencing the feeling of repentance or regret from their foolish actions — then they would not be having “Leisure Time”, because it would not be rejuvenating for them;  even if they had no other obligations to worry about.  That is why the more common phrase of:  “Haste Makes Waste” is more logical and true.  😉

For Example

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!et’s imagine that a man has just bought a brand-new gigantic Flat-Screen TV.  He got a great deal on it because it was the last model in the store.  (He’s not worried about the fact that he didn’t get a warranty, because he got a really good price!  And whoever uses those warranties anyways, right?)  He is pretty sure that he has all the equipment to hang the TV on the wall…  This is gonna be GREAT!!!…  (or so he thinks 👿)

He Reads The Directions…

!!! Warning !!!

“When attaching unit to wall, it is necessary to mount to a stud or cross-beam.  Do not mount only to drywall!”

For those of you from outside of America — “Drywall” — also known as “plaster-board” — is used to make walls in most homes and apartments.  Because it is basically just plaster covered in paper, it has almost no structural integrity.  So hanging anything other than a small picture, or a shelve that only holds tiny decorative “knick-knacks” is a very dumb thing to do.  And yet…  People do it all the time.  😐

[The man thinks to himself…]

“Well I’m kind of a stud!  😛  Besides…  I don’t have the proper tools to locate where the studs are in the wall, and I don’t want to go back to the store.  Plus, I’ve never had any pictures or shelves fall of the wall.  I’m sure it will be fine. 

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!o he confidently presses-on with mounting the TV to just the right spot — above his entertainment system and gaming units.  Now, he can wire everything together, and it will be super-freakin’ awesome!!!

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Yeah, I know…  There isn’t a single TV in the system above…  But it is still Super Freakin’ Awesome!!!  😀

But There Is A Reason For The Warning…

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!ounting the TV to the wall (as it is done with flat-screens) puts a large amount of stress on a very small space — un-like shelves which displace the stress over a larger area.  So then the TV falls off the wall — creating a very large hole — breaking the TV and damaging all of the equipment that happened to be underneath the now destroyed (without a warranty) “great deal” of a TV…  (Which is now just really expensive garbage.)  😐

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| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!o…  because he “acted in haste” (by not following the directions) — he will be “repenting” his terrible decision…  Mostly because he now has no TV;  no entertainment system;  and no gaming consoles — with-which to enjoy his “leisure-time”…  What a “Waste”!!!

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But More Precisely  — His “Haste” has caused a lot of “waste”.  And because of this — he will not be able to have any “Leisure” during his “free-time”.  So even though the phrases “Act In Haste, Repent At Leisure”, and “Haste Makes Waste” are used in the same way — now you can see why “Haste Makes Waste” is a better phrase to use…  (Better if you want to actually be precise in your language use.)  😎

Have An Excellent Day!


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