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What Common Knowledge Did You Find Out Late in Life? Here’s What People Said.

I had a friend when I was younger who thought the word “primadonna” meant “Pre-Madonna”, as in the time before the famous pop star was around.

Yeah, we all got a HUGE kick out of that one and never let him forget about it.

What common knowledge did you find out late in life?

Here’s what AskReddit users had to say.

1. Zip your lip.

“Just because I hold an opinion on something doesn’t mean that I need to share it.

I spent WAY too much of my early adulthood inserting my viewpoint into discussions that I wasn’t really a part of.”

2. Always.

“CYA- Cover Your A**.

Learned that when I was a social worker for 10 years & horribly a**sed by my bosses & clients. I work an office job now doing data entry & the younger employees find it odd that I save so many emails.

I want proof of EVERYTHING so I can go back and point out SEE! You DID agree. It’s saved me enough that people trust my credibility and will come to me first if there’s confusion in anything.”

3. That’s all it takes.

“Simply asking “how are you” once in a while is all it takes to not fall apart from old friends.”

4. On the job.

“Hard work isn’t always the answer.

When I worked a minimum wage job, I would work hard and not take breaks, so a great job, and always finish early.

I just then got told to pick up the slack for the employees who spent their time goofing off. Never got a promotion, raise, or even a “Hey, good job”.”

5. Might not get it back.

“That when people ask to borrow money especially if it’s a friend or family just expect to never see it again.”

6. Watch it.

“Going too long without sleep can impair your ability to drive the same way as drinking too much al**hol.”

7. Take care of ’em.

“Your oral health is just as important as your general health.

For real, take it from someone who didn’t take care of his teeth for 25 years. I have suffered through more than a decade of excruciating pain and now it’s going to cost me north of $10k to get it fixed.

Take care of your teeth, kids.”

8. Just say no.

“It’s okay to say no to your parents.

After a certain age, the decisions you make for yourself will make you happier than the ones your parents make for you.”

9. That’s life.

“Sometimes regardless of how good a person you are, how hard you try, and how sincere you feel, there are people who will mistreat and take advantage of you.

And more importantly them doing that usually isn’t your fault. It’s more often a product of who they are and wasn’t as personal or important of a choice for them as it will feel for you.”

10. Good one.

“Bit late to this but a university lecturer once said “Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent.”

Make sure you’re learning the right way to do things as much as you can, because otherwise those bad habits will take longer to change.”

11. Learning the hard way.

“Just because they’re older than you, doesn’t make them more mature.

Would’ve saved me from an entire marriage.”

12. Make chores fun!

“There’s no rules to doing chores. You can make it more fun if you want to.

For no reason I forgot that I could watch a tv show while I fold laundry and I didn’t have to just sit there and do it.”

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