sage advice

Discussion in 'English Only' started by moonlight7, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. moonlight7 Senior Member

    Hi,
    Is it correct to say "sage advice"?
    The context is “How should we help people? I ask this because only very few of them want to hear sage advice!

     
  2. Biffo Senior Member

    England
    English - England
    Yes 'sage advice' is fine!
     
  3. perpend

    perpend Senior Member

    American English
    It sort of depends on more context. "sage" is a bit strong. "sound advice" might be better.
     
  4. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    Given the way you put it, I don't think they'd want marginal or bad advice either.

    I would say, " I ask this because only very few of them want to hear sage advice!"
     
  5. natkretep

    natkretep Moderato con anima

    Singapore
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Sage advice is a fixed phrase for me (and can sometimes be used sarcastically and at other times be interpreted as cliché); I might use it. Other possibilities are of course sound advice (as perpend mentioned) or good advice.
     
  6. Cagey post mod

    California
    English - US
    I agree with sdgraham.

    If you say "sage advice" in this context, I would probably think you were being slightly humorous -- in a nice way. "Sage advice" would show wisdom far beyond what ordinary people are capable of. Most people wouldn't call their own advice 'sage', unless they were making a joke about claiming to know more than they do.

    (Cross-posted with natkretep. A phone call interrupted me.)
     
  7. moonlight7 Senior Member

    Thanks, friends!
     

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