I looked up the definition for “idiom” and it said “a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words.”

Which, to me, just sounds like the definition of…a sentence? Guess it goes to show that the way we phrase things isn’t always as meaningful as it sounds.

Like the examples in this thread:

What popular saying is actually bullshit? from AskReddit

Turns out, idioms can be wrong on all KINDS of topics!

For instance:

1. Work

Hard work never killed anyone.

It not only has killed people… it’s NOT been pretty.

– oreomagic

2. Sleep

“Sleep like a baby.”

It implies that babies sleep really well.

My second is 4 days old; I can confirm babies don’t sleep well.

– rwshields

3. Violence

“Violence is never the answer.”

It isn’t usually the answer.

But occasionally…it really is.

– fromfoxland

4. Patience

“Good things come to those who wait.”

Try waiting your whole life and see what comes to you.

– velour_manure

5. Strength

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Nah mate, it just gives you trauma.

– Keejyi

6. Family

Blood is thicker than water.

Wanna know what else is thicker than water? Bullsh*t.

– JasnahKolin

7. Forgiveness

“It’s better to ask forgiveness than permission.”

Yeah eventually people are just gonna stop forgiving you.

– paolocase

8. Reasons

Everything happens for a reason. (Like r*pe, murder, death of children, starvation, genocide, etc).

– managermomma

9. Money

You don’t need money to be happy.

Usually this quote is being used by those who are already filthy rich

– dothisnowww

10. Consequences

“If you tell me the truth you won’t get into trouble”

– Keidis-mcdaddy

11. Love

Opposites attract.

They don’t. Birds of a feather flock together, on the other hand, is usually true for relationships.

– Fail0hr

12. Judgement

‘Never judge a book by its cover’ as someone who works in a bookshop – you’re d*mn right I’m gonna judge the quality of a book by its production.

As do most customers. I have gotten insights into the world of publishing and the decisions they make based on the quality and success of the product they are pushing.

– MsBobbyJenkins

13. Ambition

You can be whatever you want to be if you put your mind to it.

– KaitTheGreat138

14. Spelling

“I before e, except after c. Or, when sounding like a as in ‘neighbor’ or ‘weigh’.

And on weekends, and holidays, and all throughout May!

And you’ll always be wrong, no matter what you say!”

– ComebackShane

15. Goals

“Shoot for the moon and you’ll at least land among the stars”

Tell that to failed actors/musicians

– monkey_scandal

That last one especially bothers me. I mean, do you realize how much further away the stars are than the moon? If you miss you’re just gonna float endlessly through space. Come on.

What’s your least favorite saying and why?

Tell us in the comments.