Dumb Sayings and Phrases
Some common phrases that people say should probably be questioned before being used to make yourself sound smart. Just because someone else is doing it doesn't mean you should too. The following are examples of things people say that don't make sense in all situations or are ridiculous in different ways.
As you read through this list, you can ask yourself whether you ever say any of these sayings. Maybe next time you hear one of the following, you can have a better argument against the person who says the phrase. It is likely there are good explanations for these stupid quotes based on the origins or each. However, you'll probably be telling yourself "I couldn't care less" about where these stupid sayings came from. You'll get that joke as you read the list.
A Collection of Stupid Quotes, Phrases, and Sayings
“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”
If there is more than one way to skin a cat, who would want to know all the different ways? This saying is obviously created to tell someone else to back off when giving unwanted advice about how to do something, but most people would need advice about how to skin a cat since most people don’t have much experience skinning a cat.
“I could care less.”
This saying is only stupid because of the way it is used. Many times, people will say this when they really mean “I don’t care at all.” What you are actually saying is that you care at least a little, otherwise you couldn’t care less. Be careful with this misused saying.
“Don’t knock it until you try it.”
There are a bunch of things that you should never try, but make perfect sense to knock (put down). Examples include skinning a cat, jumping from an airplane without a parachute, starting a Ponzi scheme, etc. So, next time someone tells you this stupid saying, tell the person all the things you can think of that would be stupid to try.
“Put two and two together.”
Why can’t this be “put one and one together?” Usually people who use this are only putting together two separate things. Maybe people who use this saying could put two and two together about what they are really saying.
“The long and short of it.”
This one really means the short of it only. If you were telling the long and short of it, you wouldn’t be getting to the point. Why not just tell the short of it?
“No news is good news.”
No news is good news in some situations, but unfortunately in other situations the saying is pretty stupid. For example, if someone says to you, “Hey, did you hear anything back from the manager who interviewed you?”
“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
Anyone who says this is probably still a kid. No matter what age, most adults stop saying this because they realize how hurtful words can be. Sometimes words hurt worse than sticks and stones.
“That’s for me to know and you to find out.”
This saying is usually preceded by a question, and this is just an immature way to say that you are not willing to answer the question.