Can I Borrow Some Toilet Paper?

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Alison with toilet paperCan I see your pen? Sure (holds up), isn’t it lovely?

Can I borrow a piece of gum/some toilet paper? Um, go ahead and keep it.

Can I go to the bathroom? Geez, I hope so!

Do you ever wonder why we all ask some things in the way that we do?

With the above, I don’t want to see the pen – I want to use it (and will probably steal it and never give it back). I don’t want to borrow gum or toilet paper – I want to use it in a way that will make you never want it back! And I can certainly figure out how to use any bathroom on the globe at this point – I mean, I am 34-years-old, after all!

None of the above make any sense – yet we have said one of them at one time or another.

As a communications type, wondering if anyone know why we phrase things in the above ways – is there an amazing backstory as to why one would want to borrow toilet paper? Or see a pen? I would love to know!

If you can think of any other phrases like the above – add them in the comments.

And, along these same lines – am I alone in using a beloved phrase (or two) over and over and over for years, only to find out it is totally wrong? I know that when Abbie told me there was no such thing as “For all intensive purposes” or “The whole kitten caboodle” that my world was shattered. For any of those hilarious phrases, go here and laugh AWAY!

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio

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