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I sometimes hear that : "an apple a day keeps the doctor away". Is it an idiom?
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It's an "adage" or a "saying."

I believe it's attributed to Benjamin Franklin.
I believe it's attributed to Benjamin Franklin.

That is correct.
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So who said, "An apple every eight hours keeps three doctors away"? Emotion: big smile

CJ
CalifJimSo who said, "An apple every eight hours keeps three doctors away"? Emotion: big smile

CJ

You did, CJ!
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The Collins dictionary:

aphorism n a short pithy saying expressing a general truth; maxim. [C16: from Late Latin aphorismus, from Greek aphorismos definition, from aphorizein to define, set limits to, from horos boundary]

axiom n 1 a generally accepted proposition or principle, sanctioned by experience; maxim. 2 a universally established principle or law that is not a necessary truth: the axioms of politics. 3 a self evident statement. 4 Logic, maths a statement or formula that is stipulated to be true for the purpose of a chain of reasoning: the foundation of a formal deductive system. [C15: from Latin axioma a principle, from Greek, from axioun to consider worthy, from axios worthy]

maxim n a brief expression of a general truth, principle, or rule of conduct. [C15: via French from Mediaval Latin, from maxima, in the phrasemaxima propositio basic axiom (literally: greatest proposition); see maximum.

idiom n 1 a group of words whose meaning cannot be predicted from the meanings of the constituent words, as for example(It was raining) cats and dogs. 2 linguistic usage that is grammatical and natural to native speakers of a language. 3 the charactistic vocabulary or usage of a specific human group or subject. 4 the charactistic artistic style of an individual school, period, etc. [C16: from Latin idioma peculiarity of language, from Greek]

G'day Sangeldi

I would vote for aphorism then axiom.

Maxim is a possibility.

In my opinion idiom is not on the ballot card.

Stannum
You did, CJ!
Nope! As far as I know, it was Kliban.

CJ

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