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flo's avatar

Why the last part of "You know what they say about assumptions, ..."?

Asked by flo (12904points) August 5th, 2019

I don’t know why the last part of the saying. “If you assume something…you make an a… of u and me.” Why the and me part?

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zenvelo's avatar

Because the word _ “assume”_ ends in – me. The word is not “assu.”

chyna's avatar

Assume = Ass u me

kritiper's avatar

When you assume, you make an “ass” out of “u” and “me.” Like @chyna said…

Zaku's avatar

I think @flo may be asking why assumptions made by one person would make an ass out of the other person.

And my answer to that is that people just couldn’t resist the apparent cleverness of the truism, and say it even though it doesn’t really make much sense.

Perhaps the idea is that an assumption can tend to make the other person seem like an ass and/or seem to behave like an ass in the mind of the person who made the assumption, when the consequences of their incorrect assumption has affects before the assuming person understands what’s going on.

Babs: “I’ll be at the coffee shop at 6 as usual.”

Bob assumes this means she want to meet him there at 6am the next morning. When Bob shows up, he thinks Babs has stood him up, so she seems like an ass to Bob – Bob has made an ass out of Babs in his mind.

And/or when Bob confronts Babs about it, he’s being an ass, and Babs may respond like an ass out of upset.

Of course, like so many truisms, it itself is presumptive, sounds more clever and accurate than it is, and is not true all the time.

LostInParadise's avatar

The other person is being made an ass of by being exposed to an argument deficient in logic due to the unreasonable assumptions being made.

flo's avatar

Some in this thread have more brains/are thoughtful.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I think it’s a catchy way to tell people to quit making assumptions.

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