10 Famous Phrases You've Been Misquoting Without Realizing It

10 Famous Phrases You've Been Misquoting Without Realizing It

You've probably been saying these common phrases and iconic movie lines wrong your entire life.
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There are countless quotes and phrases used on a daily basis that have become part of our cultural vocabulary. Some iconic movie quotes are well-known even if you haven’t seen the film they are from, and some phrases are collectively-recognized expressions. What if I told you that there are many such quotes and phrases that you never realized you have been saying wrong your entire life? When a phrase becomes popular enough, its misquote is eventually accepted as the real thing. Here are 10 quotes and phrases that are commonly misquoted, misattributed, or just plain false.


1. “Elementary, my dear Watson.”

Sherlock Holmes never actually said this to John Watson. One of his most well-known catchphrases, it first appeared in an early film adaptation. In the original books, the closest Sherlock gets to this quote is the line, “'Elementary,' said he.”

2. Could care less vs. couldn’t care less

The confusion over these two statements is continually one of the most frustrating aspects of an argument. If you could care less, it implies that you care to begin with and could simply decrease how much you care. If you couldn’t care less, you don’t care at all — this is the phrase you are looking for.

3. “I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down the cherry tree.”

While we may learn in elementary school what a stand-up guy young George Washington was for admitting to cutting down his father’s cherry tree, this entire story is a myth. It is just another way that history has falsely memorialized Washington, in line with the fictitious claims that he neither had slaves nor opposed freeing the ones who worked on his estate.

4. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

This quote, which begins Charles Dickens’ classic "A Tale of Two Cities," is far longer than this commonly-quoted phrase. The sentence is actually 119 words long, continuing with “it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity ...” You get the idea.

5. “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well.”

One of Hamlet's most-quoted lines, only the first part of his utterance to the gravedigger appears in the play. While Hamlet did know the court jester well, what he actually says is, “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.”

6. “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”

This popular feminist slogan actually reads, “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” an albeit small change to the misquote. The real error is the quote’s attribution. It was not often-accredited Marilyn Monroe who coined the phrase, but rather historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in her eponymous book.

7. Nip it in the bud vs. nip it in the butt

Yet another phrase often butchered in day-to-day interactions. If you nip something in the bud, you are stopping it before it has the chance to begin, much like killing a flower bud before it can open. It you nip it in the butt, you are pinching someone’s butt.

8. “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.”

“The Wizard of Oz” is my favorite movie, so I am particularly keen of this common slight misquoting: Dorothy actually says, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

9. “Now is the winter of our discontent.”

A line you may hear your English-major friends remark between sips of coffee on a cold winter’s day, it is an abridged version of a line from Shakespeare’s "Richard III."

The line actually reads, “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York,” in fact implying that something good happened, not that the characters are stuck in a gloomy winter.

10. “Luke, I am your father.”

Probably the most recognizable quote in the “Star Wars” empire, it is widely known even amongst people who have not seen the films. However, Darth Vader never says this exact line. Instead, his reply to Luke is, “No. I am your father.”


Now go forth and cease misquoting!

Cover Image Credit: Screen Rant

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

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