Doesn't it drive you crazy when people say something...and its incorrect?
Here are the 3 most common misused sayings:
#1.) "Carpe Diem." It literally means "seize the day," which most people interpret to mean you should forget about the consequences and do what you want, because 'you only live once.'
Which is what the trendy acronym "YOLO" means, in case you didn't know
#2.) "Curiosity Killed the Cat." You probably THINK it means that you shouldn't poke your nose where it doesn't belong, because you'll end up paying for it.
But it actually dates back to the 17th century. And it wasn't originally "curiosity" that killed the cat, it was "care." In "Much Ado About Nothing", Shakespeare wrote that, quote, "CARE killed the cat."
But he didn't mean that CARING for the cat killed it. The word "care" also meant to "worry." So, "worry killed the cat." Meaning that if you constantly stress out about stuff, you'll end up giving yourself a heart attack . . . which we now know is true.
#3.) "A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss." The mix-up is that most people think it's describing a GOOD thing. Like, if you keep moving and don't settle down, you won't end up old and boring.
But in reality, it was supposed to describe why it's BAD to not settle down.