An Introduction to Aphorism
Aphorisms are basically used to express maxims, proverbsOpens in new window or adages that offer advice. They may be time honored, e.g., “look before you leap,” or more contemporary, e.g., “love is fleeting, herpes is forever.” They flourished in worldly sectors — like: economicsOpens in new window, politicsOpens in new window, religionOpens in new window, scienceOpens in new window, as well as everyday life. We merely observe them on vehicle stickers, political slogans, and commercial advertisements.
Aphorism is etymologically derived from the Greek word ‘aphorizo,’ meaning “definition”; in otherwords, it means “to separate, to set apart.” From it came the English word “horizon,” — that place in the distance that sets apart earth from sky.
Aphorisms are naturally persuasive because they are short and succinct, easily remembered, and almost always contain truismsOpens in new window; and because they are short, they require far less explanation. Note the cited characteristics on the examples provided below: