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What is the origin of the saying “I’d rather be an old man’s darling than a young man’s slave”?
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This saying, one of John Heywood’s many proverbs, was first published in 1546 as a rhyming verse: “It is better to be an old man’s darling than a young man’s warling.” A warling was a slave taken in battle, but the archaic term was tossed in favor of one that made more sense to readers after the 1874 version of the proverb was published.