Conventional Wisdom

I took a break from working crossword puzzles and watching old episodes of Dateline to waste my time in a new way:  composing  the following list.  I did not lift this list from the Internet.  I pulled each item from the dark recesses of my mind where I should have stored useful information like how to fold a fitted sheet and whether to feed a fever and starve a cold or starve a fever and feed a cold.

Here for your consideration is a list of common admonitions beginning with the word don’t.   If you can think of some that I have left out, click the “Comment” button below and tell me what they are.  Don’t let me be the only one who wastes time.

  1. Don’t ask what your country can do for you.
  2. Don’t bank on it.
  3. Don’t beat a dead horse.
  4. Don’t beat around the bush.
  5. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  6. Don’t be too sure.
  7. Don’t beleaguer the point.
  8. Don’t believe everything you hear.
  9. Don’t blame me.
  10. Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.
  11. Don’t cast stones.
  12. Don’t change horses in midstream.
  13. Don’t come back empty-handed.
  14. Don’t count on it.
  15. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
  16. Don’t cry over spilled milk.
  17. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.
  18. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.
  19. Don’t do as I do; do as I say.
  20. Don’t drag your feet.
  21. Don’t drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.
  22. Don’t drop the ball.
  23. Don’t even think about it.
  24. Don’t expect too much.
  25. Don’t fiddle around.
  26. Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.
  27. Don’t fool yourself.
  28. Don’t get me wrong.
  29. Don’t gild the lily.
  30. Don’t go blaming me.
  31. Don’t go it alone.
  32. Don’t go off half-cocked.
  33. Don’t go there.
  34. Don’t have a cow.
  35. Don’t jump the gun.
  36. Don’t jump to conclusions.
  37. Don’t just sit there.
  38. Don’t kill the messenger.
  39. Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it.
  40. Don’t let the bedbugs bite.
  41. Don’t let the sun catch you crying.
  42. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
  43. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
  44. Don’t make a scene.
  45. Don’t make me stop this car.
  46. Don’t mince words.
  47. Don’t muddy the water.
  48. Don’t overstay your welcome.
  49. Don’t start a fight you can’t finish.
  50. Don’t play with fire.
  51. Don’t point fingers.
  52. Don’t push your luck.
  53. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
  54. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
  55. Don’t put the cart before the horse.
  56. Don’t rob Peter to pay Paul.
  57. Don’t rock the boat.
  58. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
  59. Don’t say you heard it from me.
  60. Don’t shoot the piano player.
  61. Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me.
  62. Don’t spend all your money in one place.
  63. Don’t spill the beans.
  64. Don’t spit into the wind.
  65. Don’t state the obvious.
  66. Don’t start what you can’t finish.
  67. Don’t stick your nose in where it doesn’t belong.
  68. Don’t strain at a gnat and swallow a camel.
  69. Don’t take any wooden nickels.
  70. Don’t take anything for granted.
  71. Don’t take no for an answer.
  72. Don’t take your love to town.
  73. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  74. Don’t tempt fate.
  75. Don’t think for a minute that I won’t do it.
  76. Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.
  77. Don’t toot your own horn.
  78. Don’t touch that dial.
  79. Don’t trump your partner’s ace.
  80. Don’t underestimate yourself.
  81. Don’t whittle your life away.
  82. Don’t you believe it.


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