Borrow: (v) to take and use something that belongs to someone else with the intention of returning it.
For instance, when I was younger I would never have watched “Wheel of Fortune.” And even though I would not call myself an avid viewer now, it is occasionally on in the background while I do other things.
Likewise, I would have made fun of myself for watching the judge shows like “People’s Court.”
I bring this up because on these court TV shows, each case finishes up with an interview in the outside hall, where the announcer asks the litigants what they learned from the experience. Universally, the eternal truth that falls from their lips is, “Don’t trust anybody.”
Benjamin Franklin intoned, in his pseudo-intellectual way, “Neither a lender nor a borrower be.”
It is a wonderful philosophy–if you are never in need.
But since my life has been bespeckled with all varieties of poverty and prosperity, I can appreciate the fact that every once in a while … you are one cup of milk and one bowl of cereal short of breakfast.
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