Today’s proverb 6: Better untaught than ill taught
This proverb drops the verb “to be”. But we understand: “It is better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly.” It’s better not to learn something than to learn it badly. This idea is echoed in Pope’s famous line: “A little learning is a dang’rous thing;”.
- taught = past participle of verb “teach” (here used in passive voice)
- ill taught = badly taught