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AOC Doesn't Understand How Idioms Work

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who calls herself an educator, showed us that she doesn't really understand the concept of an idiom. During an Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday, the congresswoman went off on the literal meaninglessness of the widely understood idiom, "pull yourself up by your bootstrap." 

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"You know this idea and this metaphor of a bootstrap started off as a joke?" Ocasio-Cortez began. "Because it's a physical impossibility to lift yourself up by a bootstrap -- by your shoelaces. It's physically impossible. The whole thing is a joke."

Critics on Twitter were quick to point out Ocasio-Cortez's own rag-to-riches story, which is surely another baffling idiom for the congresswoman.

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Maybe the idiom meant something different 200 years ago. So what? That's true of a lot of idioms. Others on Twitter had fun with the congresswoman taking the idiom, any idiom, literally.

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