Say it ain’t so.
People say the darndest things. They mean well, but it doesn’t always go as intended. Some things fall on deaf ears. Others fail to hit their elusive target. Still, other things are better left unsaid. Here are a few sayings I find particularly abhorring:
Everything is temporary if you wait long enough.
Come now. Are those really comforting words? Where’s your sense of urgency? Have you no empathy for what that person might be going through?
This too shall pass.
Okay. This is the old inertia deal. Go into your cubby hole and see where that gets ya.
Your mom just died and that’s the best you can do? It is time-honored but flat-out inappropriate.
The proof is in the pudding.
What have you been eating lately? What exactly are you telling me? Just what are you trying to dig up?
He’s in a better place.
The granddaddy of them all. There’s no place for this at a funeral. The guy is barely in the ground. How do you know where he is?
Save it for a rainy day.
There are people saving for a rainy day with their raincoats on. I wish them well, but I don’t know how they get there.
I feel your pain.
Yeah, right. It’s never convincing. If you have nothing else to say, don’t.
But, that’s just me.
You’re trying to disguise your arrogance, but it shows. It’s really a disclaimer.
Time will tell.
It always does, but too few listen.