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Ask a silly question and you get a silly answer saying recorded from Middle English, and often used dismissively to indicate that a question is irrelevant or foolish, undeserving of a considered reply. The original allusion was to Proverbs 26:5, ‘Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.’

ask no questions and hear no lies saying, recorded from the late 18th century, used as a warning against curiosity.


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