Old Dogs and New Tricks

Have you ever wondered who comes up with those catchy phrases like “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?”  I am unnaturally obsessed by them.  I research them.  Some of the more profound ones like attracting more flies with honey is attributed to Ben Franklin.  It’s one that’s actually true although a bit obvious.  I mean, who isn’t repelled by vinegar??  The ones that  have unknown authors are much less worthy of being repeated.  I’ve often wondered if there was – at some point in history – a Catchy Phrase Institute whereby some really witty folks were commissioned to come up with short, pithy ways to explain away disappointment or gloss over the heartbreak of a broken relationship or better yet, just confuse the shit out of us for now decernible reason.   Let’s look at a few from the Unknowns:

You Can’t Win ‘Em All:  No shit?  I did NOT know that. 

You Can’t Please Everyone:  Ditto on the no shit.  In fact I’m convinced that pleasing ANYONE but my dogs is impossible most of the time.  I’ll take this one step further.  I’m for voting this one out all together and replacing it with You Can Only Please Your Dogs.

You Can’t Drive a Stick Man Crazy:  Huh? 

You Win Some, You Lose Some:  I wonder if he had to duke it out with the guy who coined You Can’t Win ’em All?

As I was pouring over my daily dose of the Wise Old Sayings web-site, I came across one that gave me pause:  You Become What You Think About – Buddha

Julie, out.


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September 10, 2008 8:56 pm

This is a perfect outlet for your fertile mind. It’s even more dizzying than I suspected !!

September 10, 2008 10:27 pm

I toyed with using twisted !


donna baldwin
donna baldwin
September 11, 2008 4:12 am

The early bird gets the worm………….where does the gum go?

Congratulations on your blog, I have no idea what a blog is, but I am enjoying as always your antidotes! Hey maybe I should do a daily blog about “life in the fast “i mean slow” lane!!

All my love,


donna baldwin
donna baldwin
September 11, 2008 4:14 am

Oh and guess what, turns out Mr. “I don’t do lunch” doesn’t do early dinners either, so I either find a sitter or he wants to reschedule…………….kinda find that refreshing:) Might have to find a sitter LOL.

Or not:):):)

-lonely in Santa Monica:)

Sharon Matthams
Sharon Matthams
September 11, 2008 3:42 pm

Julie, This going to be a great way to start my day. I’ll be here daily…..
God willin’ and the creek don’t rise!


donna baldwin
donna baldwin
September 11, 2008 3:44 pm

Well, Mr. Mr. called because he was bored last night, he told me about a doggy day care:)

September 11, 2008 6:52 pm

anyone remember hearing the one that goes something like, umm..: lipstick — pig —

Sjonboy (aka Shawn)
Sjonboy (aka Shawn)
September 16, 2008 9:42 pm

As I play catchup on your blog, this one reminds me of one I came up with (or at least I think so) My mind might be in the gutter, but at least the view is good from down here. I kind of live by it too. lol