Turn Off Ads?
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 44

Thread: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

  1. #1
    Potential Lunch Winner Dom Heffner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    Tampa, FL
    Posts
    6,030

    Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    This is probably another one of my dud threads, but I was thinking about some proverbs or cliches that simply don't make sense or that are not necessarily true.

    "Money can't buy happiness."

    Sure it can. It is not a prerequisite to happiness, nor does it solve all problems, but having a bunch of it sure makes people happy sometimes and it can make getting through life a whole lot easier.

    "Waste not, want not."

    Unless you want more than what you would have wasted, then this handy saying gets tossed out the window.

    "The exception proves the rule."

    I've never understood this one, and frankly it would seem the exception would disprove the rule. Every time.

    "Trust your judgment."

    Better hope your judgment can tell you when you need to get someone else's.

    "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game."

    Anyone remember the last time a losing team advanced in the playoffs? Or do they just pass on the team that played better? What in the heck does this mean?

    Others? Comments? Anyone? Bueller?
    If you're watchin' a parade, make sure you stand in one spot, don't follow it, it never changes. And if the parade is boring, run in the opposite direction, you will fast-foward the parade. --Mitch Hedberg

  2. Turn Off Ads?
  3. #2
    Score Early, Score Often gonelong's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    4,136

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
    "Money can't buy happiness."

    Sure it can. It is not a prerequisite to happiness, nor does it solve all problems, but having a bunch of it sure makes people happy sometimes and it can make getting through life a whole lot easier.
    I know a pretty wide range of income earners. Without a doubt, the people that are, IMO, the happiest are the lower wage earners. I think its because the do lots of things with family, friends, and neighbors. For many of them, its the only entertainment they can afford.

    Money can buy you stuff, and make life easier, but it doesn't make you happy.

    "Waste not, want not."

    Unless you want more than what you would have wasted, then this handy saying gets tossed out the window.
    Yea, gotta agree.

    "The exception proves the rule."

    I've never understood this one, and frankly it would seem the exception would disprove the rule. Every time.
    Agree again.

    "Trust your judgment."

    Better hope your judgment can tell you when you need to get someone else's.
    So true.

    "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game."

    Anyone remember the last time a losing team advanced in the playoffs? Or do they just pass on the team that played better? What in the heck does this mean?

    As you drop from Pro, to College, to High School, to Jr. High, to Grade School ... this applies much more.

    I have always been a bit intrigued about those cliches that are contradictory.

    Look before you leap ... or He who hesitates is lost?

    There are a bunch of these.

    GL

  4. #3
    Man Pills
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Philadelphia
    Posts
    24,898

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    Doesn't "Waste not, want not" mean that it's wise not to waste in the sense that, by not wasting what you have in the now, in the future you won't want for anything? I think there's a temporal factor to the saying. Also, I think the sense of the word "want" means "lack" more than our more contemporary (and limited) sense of word "want," meaning "desire." In other words, "Waste not, lack not." Does that make sense?

    But here's one that flat-out pisses me off: "A stitch in time saves nine" Huh?

  5. #4
    Unsolicited Opinions traderumor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Right Down Broadway
    Posts
    18,605

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    "It's the same difference."
    Can't win with 'em

    Can't win without 'em

  6. #5
    Bunn-O-matic max venable's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Sugarcreek, Ohio
    Posts
    2,745

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    How 'bout this one:

    The naked truth.

    What is that all about? Is that different from the clothed version of the truth? Is it somehow truer if it has disrobed?

    Isn't the truth the truth whether it's naked or not?

    Here's another:

    He stuck his foot in his mouth.

    Where did that come from? Did somebody actually do that at some point thus beginning a new cliche?

    Oh...now I'm thinking of all kinds...how 'bout:

    Dead as a doorknob

    What? Yeah, I guess a doorknob is dead alright. Was someone killed and the killer needed a good metaphor and he says, "Yeah, he's dead alright...he's as dead as...(can't think of anything, looks around the room, sees the door...)...he's as dead as a doorknob! Yeah! That's how dead he is. Just like that doorknob over there." Huh?

    One more...

    Stop your cryin' or I'll give you something to cry about.

    never made any sense to me. "Yeah...I don't NEED something to cry about...I'm cryin' already."
    For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.

  7. #6
    Plays The Right Way Hap's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    796.357
    Posts
    1,717

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    I'm willing to look into the camera right now and say that I have never bet on baseball and I have never bet on Cincinnati Reds baseball.
    .

  8. #7
    Hey Cubs Fans RFS62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    16,601

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer

    But here's one that flat-out pisses me off: "A stitch in time saves nine" Huh?


    Doesn't that mean that if you put a stitch in a garment when you first need it, it saves having to put in nine stitches later after the tear increases in size?
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
    ~ Mark Twain

  9. #8
    Stat Wanker Hodiernus RedsManRick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    15,922

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
    "The exception proves the rule."
    The fact this the occurance is viewed as an abnormality, an exception if you will, is proof that in fact that rule does exist. For if the rule did not exist, then there will be nothing notable about the occurance being referenced.

  10. #9
    Member Gainesville Red's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    2,163

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    "Don't put the cart before the horse."

    C'mon, no one actually put the cart in front of the horse, did they? If they are liable to make such a mistake, why are they in the cart hooking up business in the first place? What a silly mistake that would be. How would you even hook up a cart in front of a horse?

  11. #10
    Bunn-O-matic max venable's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Sugarcreek, Ohio
    Posts
    2,745

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    Here's another one I heard on TV last night (and it's related to the "naked truth" one):

    the bare essentials

    Aren't essentials essentials? I mean if something is essential, isn't it already the bottom line minimum? Nooooo! We have to make it the bare essentials (somehow even more essential than the essentials)
    For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.

  12. #11
    Member 919191's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    the corner bar
    Posts
    3,786

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    I heard an old guy tell a pretty girl once that she was prettier than a june bug on a post split 4 ways.
    I've been to dinner at Jimmy Buffet's house, and I've eaten it at a homeless shelter. And there's great joy and harrowing terror to be found in both places.
    -Todd Snider

  13. #12
    Member chicoruiz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Indianapolis
    Posts
    1,715

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    "Don't throw out the baby with the bath water".

    Dang! I keep forgetting that!

  14. #13
    Churlish Johnny Footstool's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Olathe, KS
    Posts
    13,783

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    "The whole nine yards." I hate this one because everyone says it, but no one understands what it's referring to.

    There is a lot of debate in regards to its origin, but one thing's for sure -- it's not about football.
    "I prefer books and movies where the conflict isn't of the extreme cannibal apocalypse variety I guess." Redsfaithful

  15. #14
    Potential Lunch Winner Dom Heffner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    Tampa, FL
    Posts
    6,030

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    "More perfect."

    Drives me nuts. If it were already perfect, you wouldn't have had to give it more anything.
    If you're watchin' a parade, make sure you stand in one spot, don't follow it, it never changes. And if the parade is boring, run in the opposite direction, you will fast-foward the parade. --Mitch Hedberg

  16. #15
    Stat Wanker Hodiernus RedsManRick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    15,922

    Re: Cliches That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
    "More perfect."

    Drives me nuts. If it were already perfect, you wouldn't have had to give it more anything.
    You can put any percentage over 100% in the same boat..

    Err, there's another one -- how the heck did boat's become standard place in which put similar things?


Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!


RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball


Contact us: Boss | GIK | BCubb2003 | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | LexRedsFan | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | redsfan1995 | The Operator | Tommyjohn25