…The phrase itself can be used to represent or to predict.
Also worth contemplating?
In the Timaeus, Plato relates the legend of Atlantis,
A fabled isle of plenty now, and also in his day, lost to the ocean-bed.
The authorities are fond of quoting Plato
And usually regard his opinions as reliable
If not infallible…
But on the issue of Atlantis they ‘carp’ incessantly
And fail to give it any credance.
Perhaps, because Plato had the story from his ancestor, Solon.