… “Skinfolk,” as the old proverb goes, aren’t always “kinfolk.”
(Jamelle Bouie, “Kamala Harris Doesn’t Have to Believe in Joe Biden’s Innocence,” NYTimes, 7-1-19)
This old proverb is new to me. It has the virtues of a good proverb: pith, spunk, rhyme, and fertile ambiguity resolvable by context. It also illustrates the vital role of skillfully used quotation marks.
(c) 2019 JMN