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  1. Cacian

    Cacian Banned

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    what does this expression actually mean?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Cacian, Dec 29, 2011.

    'for all the wrong reasons'' as oppose to ''for all the right reasons''


    I have heard this on the TV


    I don't like this for the wrong reasons
     
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    digitig Contributing Member Contributor

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    It means pretty much what it says. The speaker doesn't like whatever it is, but recognises that their reasons for disliking it are not really good ones.
     
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    an excellent definition...

    here's an example or two:

    Tom doesn't like his wife's new dress... it's a pretty dress and looks good on her, but he doesn't like it because 1.it's red and his first wife wore too much red; 2.the neckline is somewhat low and he doesn't want other men admiring her cleavage; 3.she didn't ask him for permission to buy it... ergo, 'all the wrong reasons'!

    Sally doesn't like spinach... she knows it's good for her, doesn't mind the taste, but 1.she hates the color green; 2.she thinks only 'animals' should eat leaves; 3.her best friend doesn't like spinach... again, 'all the wrong reasons'!
     
  4. Cacian

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    Yes I understand that.
    What I am not clear about is what does he/she mean by WRONG that I am not getting.
     
  5. Cacian

    Cacian Banned

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    So
    are these wrong reasons wrong for us of for the person saying it?
     
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    art Contributing Member Contributor

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    The expression, such as it is, is usually reserved for situations where a person is apparently acting admirably but has questionable motives for doing so.

    Tommy is volunteering at a soup kitchen for the homeless; he is doing so because he fancies another volunteer, Suzie.
    (And, is thus doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.)
     
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    Excellent example, art. Well done.
     
  8. Cacian

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    This is great thank you.
    How about this next one

    I don't gladly suffer fools
     
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    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

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    In this case, "suffer" is being used to mean "tolerate".
     
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    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    it means one is not happy having to deal with fools... or doesn't do so willingly...
     
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    And it's 'I don't suffer fools gladly'.
     
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    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    yup!
     
  13. Cacian

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    does it not also mean
    I do not put up with fools?
     
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    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Not quite. It means you do not enjoy putting up with fools. You might put up with fools, but not willingly, not gladly.
     
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    Often it would be used as a warning to someone. If you say to someone, he does not suffer fools gladly, you would be warning them not to approach that person with stupid questions. (Of course a true fool still would!)

    Cheers, Greg.
     
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    A warning as in to who?
     
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    As warning to the fool, Cacian. Like you tell a dumbass, 'don't ask X your stupid questions, because X doesn't suffer fools gladly'. X will most likely kick the fool's ass for wasting his precious time.
     

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