An occasional series explaining the origins of well-known words and phrases.
No.4: "A stitch in time saves nine"
WHERE did the popular phrase "A stitch in time saves nine" come from, and what does it mean?
While it sounds like the kind of line that your grandmother might have used, the phrase only dates back to the mid-1980s and the rise of the television infomercial.
"A stitch in time saves nine" was invented by an advertising agency to go with a "miracle" sewing device that can still be found at lower-quality car boot sales, and its meaning has been largely forgotten after a mysterious tax-efficient fire destroyed the factory.
Experts in the English language now agree that it's "just a load of wanky bollocks, and anybody who uses it immediately exposes themselves as being a bit UKIP".
So now you know! Impress your friends and family with this new-found knowledge!!