Buts Are A Problem

ifs and or buts business sales cartoon

I love idioms, catchphrases, and jargon of all stripes. So when I hear something like, “no ifs, ands, or buts” it’s like a little puzzle to be solved. And if you win you get a cartoon!

So there are a lot of ways to go with “no ifs, ands or buts:”

  • Empty store shelves with “Ifs,” Ands,” and “Buts” labels. Clerk says to customer,”Sorry, we’re all out.”
  • Lawyer to client, “As your lawyer, we’re going to embrace and exploit any and all ifs, ands, and buts.”
  • Sign on conference room door reads, “Sales Meeting 1:00.” Smaller signs below has Ifs, Ands, and Buts and circle-with-line symbols over them.

Those are all okay, but I like this version best because I’m curious as to what made the Buts go kablooey.

Good old idioms. They never let you down.

Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website, Andertoons.com.