As They Say

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Is there any good reason the phrase "as they say" exists

Submitted: September 09, 2010

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Submitted: September 09, 2010



Every time you use an idiom, it is invariably followed with “As they say”

As if to say that this is not something you say

But something others say.

Those separate from you. Those who are not like yourself.

Which I think is telling since it is you who is always pressuring me to

“Act like a Lady”

Even though this is not the 1800’s,

And women are no longer expected to act like ladies outside of British Tea Rooms and Debutante Balls.

And “acting like a lady” would only really serve to separate me from my peers.

The kind of people, I’m sure, who use idioms and clichés without having to show the world that they are not the “sort” that do.

Without having to tell the world that

“I am not at this level. I am not the sort that regularly uses these phrases; I am simply, in this particular instance, lowering myself to your level, in order to make myself clear.”

Those that you wish to separate yourself from at all costs since the “they” who say those things are not the “they” that act like ladies.

And I can’t help but wonder if you used to be one of them.

One of the people who you now separate yourself from.

Those who do not always act like ladies, who get to run around outside and get dirty every once in a while because they are not sitting up straight in front of a computer trying to impress you with the things they can learn and trying not to think about their last meal, God knows it was so long ago, and trying not to be hungry.

Those who live. And love. And eat. And say whatever it is that they say.

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