It Takes One to Know One

For his Wednesday Thoughts prompt, Jim Adams has given us the phrase, “It takes one to know one” and asks us to “consider the phrase.”

This phrase reminds me of elementary school where kids would try to come up with a clever retort to something someone might say to them. For example if one kid called another kid an idiot, the kid who was called an idiot might respond to the kid who called him that with, “Takes one to know one.”

Other classic schoolyard retorts:

  • I know I am, but what are you?
  • I’m rubber, you’re glue; whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.
  • He who smelt it dealt it (fart related)
  • Rat smells its own shit first (also fart related)
  • And, of course there are the “your momma” retorts, as in…
    • Your momma’s so fat
    • …so stupid
    • …so ugly
    • …so lazy

What about you out there? Do you remember any classic childish retorts you can add to those I’ve suggested? If so, be sure to link back to Jim Adams’ post as well as to this one.

8 thoughts on “It Takes One to Know One

  1. Sadje June 23, 2022 / 3:03 am

    I don’t remember any such insults. Perhaps it was not the norm here.

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  2. Nope, Not Pam June 23, 2022 / 4:10 am

    The only one I remember is, you are one more time than you can ever say it 🙄

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  3. Marleen June 23, 2022 / 5:54 am

    Wait: Wasn’t it I know you are, but what am I?
    That’s a pretty stupid one, I kinda like your version.

    #1 Dummy. Ding dong. Doo-doo-head!

    #2 I know I am, but what are you?

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  4. newepicauthor June 23, 2022 / 5:55 am

    The universe is supposed to be composed of protons, electrons, and neurons, but I am not sure who let in the morons like you.
    See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya.
    Great take on the prompt Fandango.

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