5 Popular Phrases That Make You Look Like an Idiot
There's a famous saying that goes, "the reason it's a cliche is because it's true." Well, that saying like the five that follow, sucks. There are many reasons cliches exist and most of them have to do with humans being a pathetically unimaginative species, desperately clinging to any perceived aphorism in the hope that it will bring comfort or create the illusion of intelligence. Here are the five I hate most.
Say What You Want About Mussolini; At Least The Trains Ran On Time
What It's Supposed To Mean Although some profess that this cliche is now merely a cynical expression of good things happening in terrible circumstances, I only hear it uttered by angry and fatigued commuters dying for a powerful man to set their travel schedule right. Why I Hate It No one can deny that Benito Mussolini was a fascist, a Nazi ally, and a proponent of censorship and propaganda. But, apparently, all that was a small price to pay for the 8:32 out of Venice always running on time! Somehow, there was a direct correlation between torturing political opponents and getting someone else off to work on schedule. So why limit this cliche to just Mussolini when clearly fascism is the key to this success? Just look how reliably those trains carted Jews off to Auschwitz! And I'm sure if Cambodia had anything resembling a railroad system, Pol Pot's mass murder would have assured prompt delivery of countless corpses to mass graves. Well, it should be noted that the first thing wrong with this cliche is it's complete bullshit. Mussolini was better at propaganda than train propulsion. And should that be so hard to believe? I mean, when you're hanging out, stalled on the tracks do you really think the problem is that we have a political system based in representative government, featuring checks and balances? Look, I hate being trapped on a train with no air conditioning as much as my fellow commuters, but rarely am I struck by the wish, "please, Lord. Just get this train running and come November, I'll be sure to renounce my right to vote!"
The Exception That Proves The RuleWhat It's Supposed To Mean Ignore that thing that disproves my theory; It only proves my theory!
TL;DRWhat It's Supposed To Mean I didn't read this because it's too long.
If X Sucks Then How Come It's So SuccessfulWhat It's Supposed To Mean Anything that's popular must be good, and, therefore, any criticism is unjustified. Why I Hate It Do I have to explain? Well, I guess I do because people say this all the time. I did an episode of Hate By Numbers on Black Eyed Peas and although it was met with much rejoicing, countless people hit me with this logic in comments. So first off, let me respond by saying, "ha, ha, you're a BEP fan. You suck." O.K., moving on. How could something that's popular suck? How could it not? In order for something to be a success, lots of people have to like it. And people suck. Lots of people, doubly so. There aren't enough qualified connoisseurs of music or art or literature to make something a hit. In order to be huge, morons must necessarily get on board too. Does that mean that anything that's popular, must suck? Of course, not. You have Shakespeare, The Beatles, and Citizen Kane. You can be great and popular. But popularity
Everything Happens For a ReasonWhat It's Supposed To Mean All this suffering is part of a cosmically divine plan.
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