Almost everyone coins or uses expressions that make sense to only a few people. What word or phrase do you use most often that you have to explain the meaning of to others?
Perhaps more people use the expression within my age range, but usually I receive a bewildered stare whenever I use it, leading to an explanation.
'Whatever floats your boat' is basically an expression meaning 'whatever pleases you, even though I don't agree' or 'whatever excites you, but I don't share that excitement'. The expression is usually reserved for instances when someone is enthralled with something, or likes someone or something that you don't necessarily understand or return their attraction or like. It can also be defined as an expression of indifference.
Example: if you were to tell me you loved sharks- and I didn't, but also didn't want to be blunt I'd say, 'whatever floats your boat.'
My father always used a myriad of expressions, ranging from the bizarre to catchy. Apparently he picked it up on the ship he used to command, and he passed it on to me.
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