“It isn’t bragging if it’s true.”
I’ve also heard it said, “If it’s true…it ain’t bragging.” Either version might be based on the late St. Louis Cardinal’s Hall-of-Fame pitcher, Dizzy Dean who reportedly said: “It ain’t braggin’ if ya’ can back it up.”
However…it’s not correct!
Actually, if it’s true, that’s what makes it bragging. One brags about something they’ve actually done, acquired or accomplished.
If it’s false, it’s…lying!
Seems to me it’s one of those sayings that’s been around for so long it’s simply become accepted as fact.
This post isn’t questioning why people brag, boast, or in any way toot their own horn.
Rather, it’s to not accept something as fact, even when it’s been repeated so often it appears to be self-evident. It’s often good to question those long-held “truisms.”
Are There Others?
What similar phrases, sayings or lessons can you think of? You know, the ones “they” have always said but, when thinking about it, are just not true.
Okay, I’ll start. They say that, “If it’s true it ain’t gossip.” Actually, the fact that it’s true is what makes it gossip. If it were false it would be slander.
You’re up! 🙂