Sage needs to be added before or during the cooking process to flavour a meat.
A person becomes a sage, after life has flavoured his/her thinking process.
I don’t know who decided that the flavour matters, not the time of addition or impact.
Language hides a lot of humor and pain. It has been created over a period of time, influenced by experience and imagination of different wordsmiths.
words carry infinite wisdom
of a different era
in different situations