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It Makes Sense If You Don’t Think About It

Posted By davitt@usc.edu On May 7, 2018 @ 1:29 pm In Folk speech | Comments Disabled

“It makes sense if you don’t think about it.”

This folk phrase was said by a friend during class. This example is somewhat different from the others because the performer did not know it was folklore. He noted:

“I legitimately thought I made it up.”

“I mean, like, it’s probably from somewhere else, but just like subliminally messaged.”

Here is another example of this phrase, used ast the title of an article: http://www.rweconomics.com/It_makes_Sense_If_You_Don’t_Think_About_It.htm [1]

It is somewhat of a parody of a different common phrase: it makes sense if you think about it. This variation refers to things that only make sense in general terms, and stop making sense under scrutiny.

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[1] http://www.rweconomics.com/It_makes_Sense_If_You_Don’t_Think_About_It.htm: http://www.rweconomics.com/It_makes_Sense_If_You_Don