Does eating an apple a day really keep the doctor away? What about lightning striking in the same place more than twice if it is made out of certain material? These questions arise when someone throws you one of the good old sayings to make a certain point or just to show some general domestic wisdom. But do they actually make sense?
Reddit users on their popular group r/AskReddit with over 32.7m members decided to actually debunk all of the sayings that we have been hearing so often. One of the community members, u/OptionsTrader14, dropped the question ‘What popular sayings are actually bulls***?’ Fashion Life selected the best answers so you can vote for your favorites.
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"What does not kill you makes you stronger."
Statistically that which almost kills you leaves you weaker, with PTSD, and medical bills.
On a brighter note, whatever kills you,makes you dead.
'Money can't buy happiness'.
The saying itself is true enough - it's about greed and it is meant to mean that however much wealth you have you can't buy your way to happiness. Being a millionaire, or a billionaire won't necessarily make you happy.
However, people badly misuse it almost as a refrain for those who are destitute - as if they don't deserve any more and it won't make them happy. It's that which is utter bulls***.
Because, being able to afford healthcare, to feed your family, a roof over your head and to not everyday have a gnawing, desperate anxiety and unending stress about whether you can afford to live each week will make someone a f***-ton happier than the alternative. And that's nothing to do with greed.
Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me.
Wounds heal, but words can crush a spirit. They hurt far worse.
“It takes two to fight.” Not if someone is intent on bullying/harassing someone else. The policy where both people are punished is grossly unfair.
Sleep like a baby. A more accurate description for it would be pissed the bed twice and woke up screaming
"You can't teach an old dog new tricks."
As long as you are alive, you are capable of learning.
"If you can't handle me at my worst then you don't deserve me at my best"
Basically emotionally manipulating people to live with your s*** because you may give them something better someday. Highly recommend considering breaking off these kind of people from your life.
"Don't judge a book by its cover"
That cover has one damn job and it's to convey to me what is in the book so I don't have to read all 600 pages to know if it was my cook book or Harry Potter.
'If you are born poor, then it is not your fault. But if you die poor, then it is your fault!!' Please tell that to a hardworking person with 3 jobs and still very POOR!!
“Love is never having to say you’re sorry.” I think from the movie, Love Story. Stupid and ridiculous.
Time heals all wounds. No. Not all. At least not in 1 lifetime.
For some wounds, they never heal, just only dulled.
Happy wife happy life. Both people need to be happy in a relationship. Happy spouse happy house.
'The lightning never strikes twice in the same spot'
Yes, it does. Especially if that spot is a high metal structure, it will be struck twice, even more than just two times.
"Rome wasn't built in a day." People often forget the whole quote, or just don't know it as I never hear it: "Rome wasn't built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour"
“Cheaters never win”.
They often do. Doesn’t mean cheating should be encouraged though.
"Follow your hEaRt 💕"
..... uh yeah, my heart's kinda suuuuper dumb sometimes
Not bulls*** but wrong. People always seem to say "I could care less" but its supposed to be "I couldn't care less"
"Curiosity killed the cat" its not even the full saying, it ends with "satisfaction brought him back" but people still go with the first line only
"Flattery will get you nowhere!"
The opposite is more true in my experience.
"Pull yourself up by your bootstraps" it's literally impossible and that's the point lol
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” This quote was originally a promotional slogan.
“There are no dumb questions”
Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life.
Well, I do what I love and I'm an unemployed alcoholic. Somehow, I don't think whoever said that first had this in mind...
“Everything will be okay” bruh no, just no. It’s not gonna be okay, nor does everything always turn out okay in the end.
Basically, as has been pointed out, many of the common sayings we use only use part of the actual idiom. My personal cringe inducing one is "Great minds think alike, though fools seldom differ."
The second half means the exact opposite of just saying "Great minds think alike.."
This seems to be the case with a lot of our usage.
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away!"
F***, the older I get, the more I wish it were that simple.
“You never know”.
Sometimes you do.