All That Glitters Is (Not) Gold

February 22, 2018

Ben Robinson’s (12) love for money has corrupted him.

Ben Robinson’s (12) love for money has corrupted him.

Ben Robinson’s (12) love for money has corrupted him.

Dear people misquoting words of wisdom,

The witty and sometimes cliche phrases that are used so often in casual conversation have been passed down from generation to generation. They paint a picture in our heads of morality and inspiration. However, more often than not, they are painted incorrectly wrong. Some of the most famous quotes are completely inaccurate, which means they also have a different meaning behind them. But, do not be upset for getting these wrong, they’ve been said wrong for ages.

Parents often try to scare their children away from being too curious. As their children begin walking and experiencing new things, they begin to repeat “curiosity killed the cat.” Either unknowingly or intentionally, they shorten the original statement, “curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.” If kids knew this, we would have mini-Schrodingers on our hands.

“All Star” is a song by Smash Mouth that is mostly recognized as that one song from Shrek. The one-hit-wonder is mistakenly believed to be a song of encouragement, but it’s speaking against the glorification of celebrities. The song states “all that glitters is gold,” and this has caused many people to falsely misquote Shakespeare. From the play The Merchant of Venice, the original saying is “all that glitters is not gold,” meaning not everything that seems and looks good is good.

Unfortunately, the biggest problem with the misuse of these phrases is that the meanings of these sayings are altered when they are said wrong, teaching the opposite of what was originally intended.


For further clarification, here are a few more sayings: 

  • Blood is thicker than water = “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.”
  • Great minds think alike ends with, “small minds rarely differ.”
  • The proof is in the pudding = “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
  • Rome was not built in a day ends with, “but it burned in one.”
  • Money is the root of all evil = “The love of money is the root of all sorts of evils.”
  • A jack of all trades is a master of none ends with, “but oftentimes better than a master of one.”

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