Several popular societal phrases have recently come under fire. An online forum inquires about which ones are stupid and aren’t worth believing in. Here is what the forum members had to say.
1. “Looks Don’t Matter”
Another variation is, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” While there is truth in it, numerous people agree that looks do matter. One suggests, “Looks aren’t everything, but they’re enough. You could have all the good qualities in the world, but if someone’s not attracted to you, you’re not getting anywhere with them.” Others note that weight matters to more than not too.
2. “Boys Will Be Boys”
In 2023, “Boys will be boys” is no longer a valid phrase. While many argue it’s ok to say when boys are splashing around in the mud and doing “boy” things, others argue a better turn of the phrase is “Kids will be kids.”
3. “Do Something You Love, and You’ll Never Work a Day in Your Life!”
One worker argues, “Nah, I’d rather do something I’m good at that pays well. I don’t want my hobbies and passions ruined by office politics. I’ve heard quite a few people who said that doing what they loved for a living caused them to hate what they loved.”
4. “Everything Happens for a Reason”
Countless folks share stories of insensitive people using this phrase to dismiss trauma and loss in their lives. One says, “Yep. Doesn’t hold up well with genocide. There is no orchestration. It is all random chaos. Bad things happen.” Do you agree?
5. “Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area”
Ha! This one made me laugh out loud. I despise self-checkouts for partly this reason. One time I had a full cart and didn’t realize there was nothing but self-checkouts. The lady watched me struggle repeatedly and offered no assistance unless called over by the stupid machine.
6. “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger”
The phrase, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” has many forum members up in arms. Someone rightly notes, “Sometimes what doesn’t kill you leaves you traumatized or seriously injured.”
7. “There’s No Such Thing as a Stupid Question”
Have you ever heard this expression uttered during a work meeting or in class, perhaps? Multiple people disagree before one advises, “After working in retail, there IS such a thing as a stupid question.” Another admits they prefer the saying, “There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.”
8. “Happy Wife, Happy Life”
Countless forum members want to toss out the old adage, “Happy wife, happy life,” and replace it with, “Happy spouse. Happy house.” What do you think? I like it.
9. “What Goes Around, Comes Around”
Are you a believer in the karma fairy? Multiple people in the thread disagree. One user clarifies, “I’ve seen people be jerks my whole life and never get what should have come around.”
10. “Forgive and Forget”
Do you believe in forgiving and forgetting? While forgiveness is great, many people don’t agree with the forgetting part of this common phrase. Someone shares, “I always say I may bury the hatchet, but I’ll remember where I put it.”
11. “Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness”
Right. Money doesn’t guarantee happiness, but it takes away a lot of problems standing in the way of happiness! My God, I hate this phrase. I’m pretty sure poor people don’t utter this mumbo jumbo. Someone jokes, “Have you ever seen a sad person on a jet ski?” Another begrudgingly quotes Kanye West, “Having money isn’t everything. Not having it is.”
12. “I Don’t Care Who Started It”
Do you have siblings and grew up hearing, “I don’t care who started it” when you fought with each other? One adds they heard, “I don’t care who started it, I’ll finish it,” before another explains it’s “A child’s first exposure to victim blaming.”
13. “The Customer Is Always Right”
After working in food service for half of my adult life, I can absolutely confirm that this is NOT true. What’s worse are the snotty, entitled customers who know they are wrong but utter the phrase as if it’s a free meal card.
14. “Don’t Take No for an Answer”
One user rightly states, “Sometimes NO means NO!” Another suggests, “The full statement should be “Don’t take no for an answer when it comes to personal dreams and ambitions that will lead you to a more positive future because the no is just your self-doubt.”
15. “Everything Always Works Out in the End”
Someone suggests, “Everything always works out in the end,” or any variation. You’re saying that because everything has always worked out for you, but that isn’t the experience of most people, and it’s honestly kinda disrespectful to tell that to people who haven’t been so lucky.”
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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and spirituality.