There are phrases and sentences we have heard our entire life, but most are said incomplete, hence, having a different meaning. Today, I choose to share with you and give you the freedom these words gave me.

1. Curiosity killed the cat.
This is actually not the full phrase; it is ‘curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back.’ So from today, don’t let anyone tell you not to be curious, go show your interest in anything you want to. Ask questions, be curious.

2. Blood is thicker than water.
In full, it is, ‘the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.’ It means exactly the opposite of what everyone thinks. It simply means that relationships formed by choice can be stronger than that which is by birth.

3. Jack of all trades, master of none.
This is usually quoted incomplete, as the complete goes like so, ‘jack of all trades, master of none; but oftentimes better than a master of one.’ This means that being average at everything is much better than being extremely good at one thing and terrible at everything else. So don’t beat yourself if you are not perfect at one thing, just being okay is by far better.

4. Great minds think alike.
In full, it is, ‘great minds think alike; small minds rarely differ.’ Consider this phrase when next you disagree with someone.

5. My country, right or wrong.
People quote this to mean they support their country especially in times of war, showing great support to their country. But the full quote is, ‘my country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept that way; if wrong, to be set right.’ This means a country is as good as its citizens. That the job of ‘making a better country’ lies on the shoulders if its citizens.

6. When one door closes, another opens.
This isn’t misquoted but the full quote says, ‘when one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long on the closed door that we do not see the ones opened for us.’ Pretty self-explanatory.

Written by Kipazze Madaki.
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