Not-so-Famous Last Words

Most of us will never get the chance to utter truly famous last words, on a par with “God Himself couldn’t sink this ship” (the Titanic) or “We’ve got ’em now, boys” (Custer to his troops at the Little Bighorn). For this we may give thanks.

Nevertheless, we’ve all said things that rank as not-so-famous last words. Here are a few I wish I’d never said.

*”Ah, c’mon–nobody could really be that stupid.” What a world of hurt this saying often introduces!

*”How bad can it be?” Have you ever said this about a movie, or a restaurant, and then found out, to your sorrow, just how bad it was capable of being?

*”What can it hurt?” Really, saying that is just asking for it.

*”Don’t bother to call the repairman, I’m sure I can fix it.”

*”They always set the freshness date several days ahead of when it actually goes bad.” Please don’t say that. Don’t even think it.

*”Look, it’s okay–the guy said we can show up whenever we want.”

*”I’ll show off how smart I am by voting for the third-party candidate.” I last said that in 1992. I promise never, ever to say it again.

Do you have any sayings you’d like to take back? Feel free to share!

PS: My wife would like to add this one, “You can’t miss it.”

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

6 responses to “Not-so-Famous Last Words

  • Erlene Talbott

    Yes, I have too many to count, but one that stands out is “Well, I’ll never make that mistake again…” Yeah, right.


  • Laura

    “I trust Peter Jackson to do The Hobbit right.” — Me before the first Hobbit movie came out.
    I’ve also made the mistake of being pretty sure about something I read (usually directions) and then insisting on it, even when there’s doubt in the back of my mind. And of course, I’m almost always wrong.


  • lifeisgood

    “Instruction book? Don’t need it, I can put his thing together in my sleep” BTW, expiration dates are required by the gov’t, so just regard them as “suggestions”. I found a box of mac & cheese that had slipped behind some cans. It had an exp date 12 years previous, the envelope with powdered cheese – the cheese had turned brown, obviously rancid. Cooked and ate it anyways. No biggie.


  • Jessica Fischer

    If I’m not mistaken, didn’t Napoleon actually invent boxed macaroni and cheese?

    “Well, I guess it will take the cops to get us out of here now…”


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