One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To make into a proverb; to use proverbially; to speak of in a proverb. Also occasionally without object: to make or utter proverbs.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Pigs: their Pedigree & Panegyric. From proverbial + -ize. Compare Middle French, French proverbialiser to make into a proverb, to use proverbially.
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