Walking down the street just last week it crossed my mind that some people say the most stupid things. Seriously, there is stupid and there is stupid, and some people get a kick out of saying stupid things, pretty much turn it into a lifestyle. I am not talking about stupid things though as much as stupid sayings. Stupid sayings are around us all the time. We picked them up from our parents, who undoubtedly picked them up from our grandparents.
As much as we know just how stupid they sound, we still use them and it’s for sure our children do as well. Some of them make a certain amount of sense and if you really investigate them, you will find that many are based on a certain amount of logic, although many others make no sense at all.
Does nobody ever sit down and ask themselves why it is we say them. I decided I would!
Here’s a good one for you: ‘Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer‘. I have lived in some pretty rough neighborhoods and have heard that saying more times than I can remember. There is a certain logic behind that one though!
There is an army term as ‘know your enemy’. They both mean the same thing. Keeping your enemy closer means you should know your enemy well, and beware of any step your enemy might take. ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’ is also a saying within the same genre.
In all fairness, it doesn’t really take a rocket scientist to figure those out.
‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ makes pretty good sense as well.
Some trash their wine bottle corks
Rosie views the corks as treasures and makes trays out of them!
There are many more though that make no sense at all. They must have made perfect sense though at one time or why would they still be with us today. We understand many of them because somebody once said them to us and we asked what they meant.
Take ‘Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth’. What is that supposed to mean? I don’t even have a horse!
That’s all for now ~ more in two days!