- This proverb means that it is better to remain active and wear out until you die than to do nothing just because you are old.
My grandmother can barely walk but she keeps doing all the housework herself even though she doesn't have to. She always says: 'It is better to wear out than to rust out'.
Questions for you to answer:
- Would you agree that elderly people should remain active or should they finally take a rest at a certain age?
- Why do objects rust at all?
- What happens to people when they 'rust out'?