7 Phrases You've Been Misquoting

7 Phrases You've Been Misquoting

That doesn't mean what you think it means.

It's an ancient tradition - words of wisdom passed down in short phrases from one generation to the next. The problem with this is that sometimes, things get switched around and the original meaning is lost. We often misquote famous phrases without even knowing it. In fact, do you know that the most famous misquote is from "Apollo 13"?

Thankfully, we have the internet; where there is always someone there to fact check you. These phrases look a little different when you get to see the whole picture.

1. Blood is thicker than water.

The full saying is actually “the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” Basically, it means exactly the opposite of what most people think. It refers to the idea that the bonds you choose to make can mean much more to you than the ones you were born into and don’t have much of a say in.

2. Curiosity killed the cat.

This phrase continues: “but satisfaction brought it back.” This makes sense, considering the whole idea that cats get nine lives. I often heard the first half when I was little and asking too many questions, but the full phrase suggest that there is no such thing as too many questions.

3. A jack of all trades is a master of none.

This saying got cut short as well and originally said “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” Unlike what our version would lead you to believe, having multiple interests but not being an expert in anything could actually prove advantageous.

4. Great minds think alike.

“Small minds rarely differ” is the following line to this once reassuring quote. I would advise you try not to think about that too much the next time you and your classmates are on a roll with your group project, sometimes phrases get cut short for good reason.

5. Money is the root of all evil.

Again, the original version is a little longer. This biblical phrase originally reads “The love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.” There’s a difference in making more money than you could possibly spend and keeping it.

6. My country, right or wrong.

This is often used to justify supporting bad wars, the original actually says “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong to be set right.” This puts the responsibility on the citizen to make sure their country is a good one, not the other way around.

7. Starve a cold, feed a fever.

I’ve only heard this a couple times and it could have multiple meanings just by reading it differently. Not only is it terrible advice, it’s poorly quoted. The original states “if you starve a cold, you’ll have to feed a fever.” Now, that’s advice I can take to heart.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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It's A Tough Pill To Swallow, But Summer Classes Are Worth Skipping A Few Days At The Pool

Trade in your sunglasses and Yetis for books and pencils a few days this summer.


Ever consider summer classes may be the smart move instead of wasting your days away just being lazy or working on your tan? Well if you have, or even haven't then here are a few reasons why it may be a good idea and you'll thank yourself later...

1. Getting ahead, or Catching up


You can easily get a leg up on your peers by signing up for one or two courses this summer. No, you don't have to take a full schedule, but a few hours a week isn't going to kill you when you'd probably be sleeping or tanning anyway. Trust me, you'll thank yourself later when you would be taking the classes and you have extra time.

2. Credits, Credits, Credits


The more credits you have, the sooner you'll get to graduate or take an easier course load senior year when classes are supposed to be the hardest. It's always nice to come back to school and have a few more credit hours under your belt, so you can actually enjoy your semester instead of spending all-nighters at the library where your only friends are your books.

3. It could raise your GPA


... or potentially destroy it. Depending on if you actually put in the work during the summer and TRY in your classes, it could be a huge GPA booster that could help you out if you struggled some past semesters, or give you a step up if you're planning on taking a hard schedule in the future.

4. It will make coming back to your school routine a bit easier


Ever come back after a carefree summer break and barely be able to get up for your 11 a.m. class? We've all been there...unless you're pushing yourself to get up during the summer or spending a decent amount of time on work during the week, it will make things so much easier. Plus you can get all those bio and math classes out of the way so you don't have to fret about them during the school year. So work now=naps later.

5. You could study abroad without a penalty


Typically, if someone chooses to study abroad, then they are setting themselves back a semester or even a year because international universities don't always offer the correct transferable courses or don't have exactly what you're looking for. But it's worth it to spend three months in Italy or London right? Wrong. Unless you get ahead when during the summer and take classes so you won't fall behind and not get to graduate with all your friends who stayed on campus.

6. You could meet new people, or take an online class if you're on the go


Why not take the chance? You could potentially make new friends for life. You can help each other out in the class, or inspire each other to take summer classes in the future together. The possibilities are endless. Also, if you already have a job or internship lined up, there are always online classes, and when are they convenient! You can still sit out on the beach while getting your work done at the same time. Thank you technology.

So if you're debating about whether it's worth spending that extra time this summer on books instead of beaches... just go for it, because it's beyond worth it when you go back to school in the fall and can trade straight As in you already made for weekends with friends.

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