A commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to quell cognitive dissonance, conceal lack of forethought, move on to other topics, etc. – but in any case, to end the debate with a cliché rather than a point.


Ex. #1:

Druggie’s concerned friend: “You need to cut the coke. You’re killing yourself! I’ll get you all the help you need.”

Druggie: “You only live once, man! Let me alone!”

Ex. #2:

Scientist #1: The fact that evolution is a popular explanation among scientists for the existence of life today does not weaken the plausibility of the long-proposed explanation of intelligent design.

Scientist #2: “You’re living in the Stone Age! Times, they are a changin’.”

Ex. #3:

Coworker: “You don’t have a right to take those office supplies! They belong to the business!”

Office thief: “It’s all relative.”

Ex. #4:

Associate: “I’m on the sales floor eight hours a day. Why should I not be permitted to keep a water bottle nearby?!?”

Boss: “Because that’s our policy.”

Ex. #5:

Associate: “I’m on the sales floor eight hours a day! Why am I not permitted to have a water bottle on hand?”

Boss: “You don’t always get what you want.”

Ex. #6:

Middle Man: “You want me to misreport inventory?!?! Why?”

Boss Man: “Just do it.”

Ex. #7:

Guy: “I can’t really afford to take us out tonight.”

Gal: “C’mon, be a man!”

Ex. #8:

Debater #1: “You say you’re eager to debate this topic, yet this particular point is utterly foundational for my position, and you’re always dismissive when I bring it up!”

Debater #2: “There you go again….”

Ex. #9:

The bereft: “I know I should probably still be in shock, but I’m already having a really hard time with the loss of my husband.”

Etiquette-bereft person: “Well, it was his time.”

Ex. #10:

Non-Christian: “You know, you should stop believing in Jesus. It doesn’t make you look very smart. Just sayin’!”

Ex. #11:

Diner #1: “We can afford to tip her. Why are we just giving her a tract?”

Diner #2: “That’s all she needs. Besides, life is unfair.”

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