TIL that the phrase “pull yourself up by your bootstrap.” was originally meant to be sarcastic, which makes sense as it’s physically impossible.

Read more: https://uselessetymology.com/2019/11/07/the-origins-of-the-phrase-pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps/

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  1. It’s still meant as sarcastic. The whole “trickle down economics” crowd knew that it was a lie at the time. There is no contempt like the contempt populist Right Wing leaders have for their own supporters.

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