People Break Down Which Popular Sayings Are Complete BS
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Americans often drop popular sayings in conversation that have some element of truth to them.


You've undoubtedly come across phrases like, "Kill two birds with one stone" or "it's raining cats and dogs."

While those are used to describe actions, like the state of the weather, there are other phrases that are dispensed as words of wisdom to help individuals through a challenging situation.

But the endeavor to console someone by using this tactic is not always effective.

Curious to hear examples of this, Redditor Braca5 asked:

"What popular sayings are bullsh*t?"

These sound familiar?

The Survivor Mentality

"whatever doesn't kill you just makes you stronger."

– WhenTardigradesFly

Vanity

"Looks aren't important."

"It's true. They don't always or entirely matter, but they do. That's kind of how superficial humans are."

– Ok_Chain821

Not Every Pain Heals

"Time heals all wounds."

– sweetechoes2008

"There's another one that goes like this 'time heals nothing, it just replaces memories.'"

– Fulcinnamonroll

The stigma around this is so foul, the guilty will lie about their offensive crime.

The Gas-Leaker

"He who smelt it dealt it"

– MrGeekman

"Whoever said the rhyme did the crime."

– Neoptolemus85

Psychology Around The Guilt

"The irony is it's almost always the opposite that's true. Most people would rather just be quiet about a fart than try to put it on somebody else and as it is you usually become pretty accustomed to your own and probably don't even smell half of the ones that slip out so likely the person who dealt it is going to be one of the last to actually consciously smell it."

– Vanilla_Neko

Playing by the rules doesn't always get you places.

Playing Dirty

"Cheaters never win."

MadAsH3ll

"A better saying:"

'Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.' John Harington (1561 - 1612)

– Suibian_ni

Comeuppance Never Comes

"What goes around, comes around."

"Bullsh*t. I've seen people be jerks my entire life (I'm 57 y/o) and they never got what should have come around to them."

– Feels2old

Thing About Karma

"Worse, it's an excuse to not take responsibility. A few years back, I had discovered a nasty person who was fooling the public by buying dogs from Amish auctions of out of state, bringing them, unvaccinated, across state lines, and pawning them off on the public as 'rescues' but also taking loads of donations when she was not registered as a charity. She was not using the funds for medical care. The gal was a flashy blonde in designer clothes and knew how to fool people."

"The county authorities were investigating and needed more evidence. I approached the owner of a local pet supply store where she operated her scam and asked him to cooperate. He banned her from the store but completely refused to cooperate with the investigation. Excuse, 'Karma will get her.'"

"B*tch got off with just a fine when she would have faced animal cruelty charges."

"Karma? No, it's not a thing."

– ShowMeTheTrees

Those who adopt a passive way of thinking end up making up for lost time.

Turning A Blind Eye

"Out of sight, out of mind."

"Ever lost track of a spider?"

– Samuelabra

How Much Time Do You Have?

"Good things come to those who wait."

– P13r15

Lond Distance Relationships Aren't For Everyone

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder”

– Quirky_Mongoose_401

I think those who say "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life," is debatable.

Depending on the situation, being forced to do something you once loved so you could earn a living can potentially breed resentment.

I'm a former dancer who absolutely lived off the adrenaline of performing on a stage. But when the cast I was performing with at a theme park was forced to do the same rigorous show five times a day–sometimes in intense heat–I was miserable.

Once, I severely twisted my ankle mid-performance simply because I was physically exhausted but continued giving it my 100% when my body was ready to give out. That's when most performance-based injuries occur.

That phrase certainly got a second hard look from me back then.

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