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Yonatan Zunger 🔥 @yonatanzunger
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Reminder: the phrase is "you can't pull yourself up by your own bootstraps." It means to do something impossible. Someone who thinks they've done so was lifted up by forces they didn't see.
If it's not clear why: Bootstraps are those straps at the top of a boot that you use to pull it onto your foot. "Lifting yourself up by them" is the sort of thing Elmer Fudd would do as a sight gag.
When people use this phrase metaphorically, and either claim to have done it or tell someone else to do it—that is, "make yourself financially stable without relying on your community"—nine times out of ten, they've gotten the metaphor more right than they think.
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