I’ve written quite a bit over the years about sayings, proverbs, idiom, and dead metaphor, so this article caught my eye yesterday

If you don’t want to follow the link or read the article, the eleven phrases are:

  1. Haters gonna hate
  2. The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off
  3. If you’re not paying for it, you’re the product
  4. You’ve got to fake it to make it
  5. The system isn’t broken. It’s fixed
  6. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature
  7. You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out
  8. Don’t read the comments
  9. 90% of everything is crap
  10. Problem between keyboard and chair
  11. The fish that is being microwaved doesn’t fear the lightning

I can say with quite a high degree of confidence that while some of these phrases show some wit in their construction (7, 10, and 11 for example) and others are useful (e.g. 1, 6 and 9), none are sufficiently robust to survive and become modern proverbs. Having said that, if the curate’s egg example proves anything, it is that the source of modern proverbs is almost impossible to predict. If a need exists for a phrase, it will be found. Incidentally, my contribution to this list, without any expectation that it will last more than a few years, is “Don’t feed the troll(s)”, which I have found useful in numerous situations online and otherwise.