Language is a powerful tool, but it can also be misleading. Overused sayings and clichés are often taken for granted as truths, but many of them are actually inaccurate or even harmful. A user asked the forum, “What’s an overused saying that isn’t even true?”. Read the top comments from the forum.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
“Practice makes perfect. You’ve been chewing for your whole life, and you still bite your cheek sometimes.”
DO WHAT YOU LOVE
“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.
How many people have pursued a passion of theirs and gotten burned out? Come to hate the thing they love?
Do something that earns you a comfortable living, keep some things for yourself.”
“You only use 10% of your brain” is only true in the same way that “A stop light only uses 33% of its lights.”
“Sweating like a pig. Pigs can’t sweat.”
“Ignore them, and they’ll leave you alone.
No, they won’t. They’ll just try harder until they use physical force.”
WAIT FOR IT
“Good things come to those who wait.”
You need to be proactive to get what you want.
“The customer is always right…
First off, that’s only part of the statement. I believe the original statement is something like ‘In matters of taste, the customer is always right.’
If you work for a good company/person, they will ignore this if a customer is blatantly wrong or disrespectful to staff.”
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Perhaps there are some occasions where someone goes through hardship and comes out stronger for it, but that is the exception, not the rule.”
“‘Everything happens for a reason.
Ahh, no. If you can think of a reason for childhood cancer, then think again.
Edit: to all those saying there is a “cause” for everything, well, yeah, of course… down to the molecular level. But this saying is used to mean everything happens for a “purpose” or because there is a “motive” behind it, as if there is some ultimately good plan behind even the most terrible things in life. This is self-delusion.”
DARKNESS AND DAWN
“It’s always darkest before the dawn.
No. It’s darkest in the middle of the night, provided it’s a moonless night.”
SLEEP LIKE A BABY
“Slept like a baby, meaning you had a good sleep…
Last time I checked, babies sleep intermittently and wake up crying because they’re hungry, potty themselves, or just need a hug.
If you’re an adult, you would want to sleep like an old lady/man out in a few seconds and wakes up only to go pee.”
YOU DON’T DESERVE MY BEST
“Not sure if this one fits but ‘If you can’t handle my worst, you don’t deserve my best’.
If you’re a huge jerk at your worst, I don’t care what your best looks like. It’s not worth it.”
SKY IS THE LIMIT
“Sky’s the limit!
There are footprints on the moon.”
NOT SAYING SORRY
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.
The feelings of the person you love should be of the utmost importance to you. If you do something wrong, acknowledge it, apologize for it, and try to make it right.”
“Practice makes perfect.
Something my little league coach told my team that’s always stuck with me: “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect. ”
“Money can’t buy happiness.
I’d rather be unhappy with money than without it.”
“Blood is thicker than water.” Sometimes your family doesn’t deserve your loyalty just because you share DNA.
“Hard work never killed anyone.” Tell that to the Congolese working in the cobalt mines.
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