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25 Popular Sayings and What They Really Mean

By Sunday 1 December 2019June 2nd, 2023The Web, Thinking

I love a good saying. In fact, I’ve made up a few of my own. My made up ones include:

  • What’s it made out of, Gold? – Meaning that something was really expensive to buy.
  • What a liberty! (I know Catherine Tate’s Nan character says this, but I was saying it before the TV show.) – Meaning how rude.
  • I can’t believe you’d even think that, let alone say it. – Mock shock at someone’s comment.

But most people, myself included, use well known popular sayings. Here are 25 popular saying with what they really mean:

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Something is easy or very easy to do.

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What you do carries more weight than what you say you’ll do.

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Talks a lot, usually aggressively, but lacks the influence or power to do anything. Or doesn’t follow through with what they say they’re going to do.

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Another day of work, another day earning pay. Usually said when people are fed up of going to work or are more generally tired.

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My mum says this one a lot to me. It means that you are loved and that you bring happiness or joy into someone’s life.

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I use this phrase whenever a woman flirts with me. But its more common use is to say that someone is trying the wrong approach or solution to a problem.

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This saying warns of the dangers of asking too many questions or investigating something in too much detail.

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Means get to the point.

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Whatever you’re waiting for happen probably wont. At least in the opinion of the person who says the phrase.

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He’s got a bad attitude.

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Lacks sensitivity. Is clumsy in words or actions. I always think of the Tasmanian devil swirling around in a glassware shop when I think of or say this phrase.

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This comes from the Bible in tale of the Good Samaritan. Basically means that he’s kind and compassionate.

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Stop. Wait. Get more information before you proceed.

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Means that you don’t want to tell them information that will disappoint them and make them less happy. There is a recognition in this saying that they will have to be told, just that you don’t want to be the one to do it. There’s a similar saying that means the same: I don’t want to rain/piss on their parade.

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I’m really happy about something.

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It was very expensive.

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It’s raining heavily outside.

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I’ve had some sex.

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There’s no point to feeling upset about something that has happened and can’t be changed.

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This actually comes from the film Jerry Maguire. Here’s the clip:

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People use it when they want evidence that something is worth the asking price.

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Having a decision to make with two equally bad choices.

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Those that are early risers see opportunities first and therefore have the biggest chance of success.

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Something that everyone in the room knows, but it is considered impolite to mention or talk about. I personally thrive on highlighting the elephant in the room using humour to defuse any tension.

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You can advise someone to do something, but you cannot make them do it.

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Someone old can’t learn something new. Someone stuck in a routine can’t have it changed. I disagree with the sentiment and meaning of this phrase. People can change their lives and anything in their lives at any time.

Blog soon,

Antony

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