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.