you buy land, you buy stones; you buy meat, you buy bones

Cf. 1595 Pedler’s Prophesy B4v You shall be sure to haue good Ale, for that haue no bones.

1670 J. RAY English Proverbs 211 He that buys land buys many stones; He that buys flesh buys many bones; He that buys eggs buys many shells, But he that buys good ale buys nothing else.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 172 He that buys Land, buys Stones; He that buys Beef, buys Bones; He that buys Nuts, buys shells; He that buys good Ale, buys nought else.

1970 Countryman Autumn 172 Welsh butcher to customer complaining of bony meat: ‘Well, missus, you buy land, you buy stones; buy meat, you buy bones.’


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