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