30 wise old sayings that have totally lost their meaning in the contemporary world, as shared by members of this online group

Over the millennia of its existence, mankind has accumulated a huge amount of so-called “folk wisdom” – sayings, proverbs and various supposedly wise quotes. These are words that are intended – often in rhyming form – to reflect some kind of rule of conduct, or simply to calm down an upset person.

They are passed on from generation to generation, remain in our subconscious and we keep saying them without even thinking about them – but how much sense do they have? Well, some are just outdated, don’t keep up with the rapid development of mankind over the past decades, some are even harmful, as public morality has changed dramatically, and some are just a big lie.

Want an example? So ! You may have heard the famous saying of Thomas Edison: “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Beautiful and impressive, isn’t it? On the other hand, this statement may only be true for one person – Edison himself.

The fact is that the great inventor did not receive a fundamental education, but rather simply phenomenal perseverance and ability to work. Suddenly, where it was enough to do a few scientific calculations, Edison compensated for everything by a banal manual enumeration of the options. It worked for him, but it’s far from a fact that it works for others.

Well, there’s a very popular thread in the AskReddit community where the topic starter wonders “What old saying is actually nonsense?” In the few months of its existence, the thread has been upvoted over 35.4K times, and today it consists of almost 16.6K comments, many of which hide a complete deconstruction of certain elements of this famous “folk wisdom”. .

bored panda made a list for you with the most popular comments from the original thread. Some of them we’ve heard hundreds of times in our lives, some you’ll encounter for the first time in this post – in any case, feel free now to scroll to the very end and if you don’t find something that seems completely absurd to you, please write it in the comments.

More info: Reddit

“It’s always the last place you look”

Of course it is. Why would you keep looking once you’ve found it

toad , Qetesh Report

“appearance doesn’t matter”

I’ve noticed this is usually said by people who are attractive themselves. It’s like someone born rich who says money doesn’t matter.

RadiantHC , kitschkitten Report

“Age brings wisdom”

We have a congress, a senate, and a bunch of aging baby boomers proving that wrong.

CLWho83 , Csaba Torok Report

“Money is the root of all evil” is probably one of the most misquoted sayings. The actual quote is “for the love of money is the root of all evil” which completely changes the meaning behind the quote imo

Jmclay681 , 401(K) 2012 Report

Do something you love and you won’t work a day in your life. B******t, now what brought me my joy is miserable and I have no backup career.

Surely maybe , Susan Fitzgerald Report

“To go to bed early, to rise early, makes a man healthy, rich and wise.”

I’ve been doing this for years, and I’m morbidly obese, lower middle class, and stupid as hell.

stonesdisposable24601 , chispita_666 Report

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” No matter how much I put in my butt, I still had to do a colonoscopy

blunt trauma420 , Conall Report

“Pick up by your bootstraps”
– this is an ironic/satirical phrase, as it refers to an act that is literally impossible

ChimpskyBRC , Eric Ray Report

“A jack-of-all-trades does not master any”. Only because no user ever uses the full quote, so it’s useless in that form.

nLedd , Johnny Hunter Report

My grandmother used to say, “This man is as useless as a one-legged man kicking ass.”

Well, I worked in a mental institution. I once saw a one-legged man completely destroy another guy. Jumped at him with his crutch, then leaned forward and just stomped on him with his leg.

Spodson Report

Feed a cold, starve a fever.

Just eat nutritious, easily digestible foods when you’re sick (and stay hydrated).

edit: Holy cow this comment exploded! Thanks for the rewards!

As for people who tell me my version is incorrect, I can tell you that’s the one I heard growing up, and the internet seems to confirm that it is indeed a saying (although starve a cold, feed a fever also seems to be a thing)

hyren82 , CC central kitchen Report

Boys pick on you because they love you.
It hurts me more than you (when a parent spanks a child)
Don’t play the victim.
All bad for many reasons.

Myattet Report

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