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Someone worse off

Posted by TheFallen on June 04, 2003

In Reply to: Someone worse off posted by R. Berg on May 31, 2003

: : : "There is always someone worse off than you"

: : : What does this really mean?

: : It means that no matter how bad your life is, there's always someone who is in a worse situation. I cried because I had no shoes. Then I met a man who had no feet.

: : That's supposed to cheer you up. But it doesn't, usually.

: It might work for people given to Schadenfreude.

An equally futile (British?) English saying for these occasions is "Cheer up! Remember, worse things happen at sea."