I Have a Lot to Say About Sayings

Horrible bosses show her the fifty statesI am going to warn you guys now, things may start to get a little weird around these parts. For the next three months, aside from work 4 days a week, I don’t have a lot else going on. No deadlines to make. No fifteen-page papers due. The only thing I really have to get done this summer is research for my thesis. But this is me we’re talking about so I won’t even start thinking about it until the middle of August and then curse myself for waiting until the last minute. (I bet you’re thinking, “Liz, what’s wrong with you? Just do a little every day and you won’t get overwhelmed.” Well, a. This is just who I am. It’s already been decided. I’ll convince myself I don’t need a lot of time to do the research and then curse myself for not giving myself more time to do the research. b. Don’t tell me how to live my life!)

Basically, the point I’m trying to make is that I am going to have a lot of time on my hands. Lots of time to do more posting which will most likely result in a lot of nonsensical rambling. But I promise to try to make that nonsensical rambling as entertaining as possible.

Today’s nonsensical ramblings will feature popular sayings, idioms, phrases. Whatever you call them, and no matter how cliche they may be, we’ve all used them. But if you really think about some of them they are pretty ridiculous!

I started thinking about sayings after the term “raining cats and dogs” popped into my head the other day. Totally ridiculous saying that makes absolutely no sense but perfectly described New York City Sunday night. It really was raining cats and dogs. And the weather hasn’t gotten much better since. It’s been cold, rainy, and gross this week in NYC. It’s really been rubbing me the wrong way and making me feel a bit under the weather. (See: this whole post is brought to you by sayings!)

It is what it is. This was said to me by a guy I was dating (and really liked) when he was ending things with me because he wasn’t over his ex. All of this was done through instant messenger. It’s safe to say that when I hear someone say this phrase I immediately have the urge to punch them in the face, repeatedly.

You want to have your cake and eat it too. I don’t even understand this saying. Does this conversation ever happen at a restaurant? Diner: Waiter, I would like a slice of the chocolate cake. Waiter: Excellent choice! Would you like a fork or spoon? Diner: Oh neither, I’m not going to actually EAT the cake. What do you take me for? I just want to look at it. What is the point of having cake if you’re not going to eat it?

Cross that bridge when you come to it. Being the procrastinator that I am, I actually love this saying. Let’s not worry about things until we really have to. In fact, when we get to that bridge we can spend a few days camping under it to buy ourselves some more time.

Best thing since sliced bread. Look, I love bread. Who doesn’t? And sliced bread really was a great invention cause it made sandwiches possible. But are we really going to declare sliced bread to be the best thing ever? Cars, computers, television, cupcakes…all these things and we go with sliced bread to be the beacon of modern inventions? Something doesn’t add up.

Waking up on the wrong side of the bed. I’d like to vote to change the phrase to simply be “Waking up.” Let’s not blame the bed. There is no wrong side of the bed. Beds are amazing. The problem is having to wake up and leave the bed. That’s what puts me in a foul mood.

Saved by the bell. Can anyone hear this saying and not think of Zack Morris? History lesson: I actually looked up the origins of this saying and it was rumored to have to do with helping people who may have been accidentally buried alive. A bell would be attached to the coffin so if the buried person suddenly woke up to discover they were wrongly laid to rest, they can just ring the bell to get help. Apparently, being buried alive happened quite a lot way back when. But sadly, this rumor isn’t true. The phrase refers to boxing. Not nearly as interesting.

Side note: If anyone takes it upon themselves to cry that I just don’t understand what the sayings actually mean, I will give you an “It is what it is” punch in the face!



  1. First of all, congrats on going for the thesis option, girl! That’s awesome! I took the road less traveled and decided to do the exam instead. Although really, I think anyway you slice it (another phrase that I don’t completely get), it would’ve been hard.

    Secondly, LOVE this post! I’m always saying these kinds of things, but never really take the time to comprehend what they actually mean, or where they came from.

    Ugh. Sorry about the former BF. “It is what it is?” Really? And over text message? REALLY?! I’ve been there before and let me just say, I would like to punch whoever decides to end things via emoticons and text messages.


    1. Ugh, I wish I had the option. I would definitely take the exam. My school doesn’t have the option. They don’t actually call it a thesis. It’s called independent study, but it’s an 80-page paper that you need to finish in order to graduate so I’m calling it a thesis.
      And the ex thing was bad! It wasn’t even done through text messaging. It was AIM instant messenger, while I was at work. It was just all sorts of horrible.

  2. You want to have your cake and eat it too – I completely and totally feel the same way. Why would you want cake if not to eat it? How stupid is this saying?!
    Apparently it is supposed to be synonymous with “You can’t have the best of both worlds” – this saying makes more sense. Why do they have to bring cake into it? Cake has only one purpose… to be eaten. So by not eating the cake you are literally taking away its purpose for being!

    1. Yea, I get what they are trying to say with the phrase but they could have found a better way to express themselves. If I have cake, I’m 100% eating it!

  3. “Cross that bridge when you come to it. Being the procrastinator that I am, I actually love this saying. Let’s not worry about things until we really have to. In fact, when we get to that bridge we can spend a few days camping under it to buy ourselves some more time.” I can definitely relate to this, as I can with the waking up on the wrong side of the bed passage.

    Really entertaining post!

  4. As always, you made me laugh. My favorite saying is by my grandma, she made it up, “Shit and crackers.” She only says this when something bad has happened. I have no idea why she started saying it or where she got it from but I laugh every time she says it. Best phrase ever!

  5. lol! Leave it to you to find the most bizarre and yet entertaining topics to discuss. “The best thing since sliced bread” has GOT to be the most ridiculous to me lol. I definitely feel as if this saying should evolve as we evolve lol. You should do a part 2 on more sayings lol

  6. Haha – just found this! I prefer the phrase “burn that bridge when we come to it.” Just adds the right touch of devil-may-care cynicism and recklessness!

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