Famous Sayings #156 — ‘Don’t Tread on Me’

July 14, 2019

As the flag says, ‘Don’t tread on me.’ If you try to attack me, I will strike, just like a rattlesnake.

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This famous saying is somewhat controversial, based on who you ask because it has been connected to racists and reactionaries. However, the slogan dates back at least 245 years.


What Does ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Mean?

In a general sense, the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me” serves as a warning to people who want to take advantage of someone else or violate their autonomy (Xavier). In short, the slogan means, “Would-be oppressors beware.” If someone tries to hurt someone else, that second person will fight back and won’t back down.


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Famous Sayings #151 — ‘Never Let Them See You Sweat’

June 7, 2019

What I’d tell you before? Never let them see you sweat. That way, you’ll never be embarrassed again.

Comedians have to deal with a lot of pressure. Not only do they have to perform in front of large crowds of people, but they must be funny and manage each crowd. Part of it is remaining calm, so a rule for comedy is “Never let them see you sweat.” Image by Rob Slaven from Pixabay.

As a little treat, I thought I’d include a special Famous Sayings post this week. This slogan goes back a few decades and it was part of a famous ad campaign. In fact, June 7, 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of that campaign.

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Famous Sayings: #93 — ‘The Gift That Keeps on Giving’

December 24, 2017

It really is the gift that keeps on giving.

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I’m a little late with this, but the subject matter is timely. As I’m writing this post, it’s still Christmas Eve where I am, so a phrase that is somewhat tied to Christmas feels appropriate.

The phrase “the gift that keeps on giving” is normally used during the Christmas season, but it has been used for other holidays, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. The slogan has also been used to sell anything from cameras, jewelry, gift cards, and subscriptions (to magazines, for example).

The gift that keeps on giving,” is one of my favorite phrases. It’s timeless and it has various uses, but I’ve never really thought about its origin that much.

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