Day 1867: That sucks

When a co-worker mentioned something unfortunate yesterday, I said, “That sucks.” She agreed by saying, “That stinks.”

When you encounter something unfortunate, what do you say?  I’ve also heard people say

  • that bites,
  • that blows,
  • that blows dead rats,
  • that takes the biscuit,
  • that’s unfortunate,
  • that’s awful,
  • that’s terrible,
  • bummer, and
  • I’m sorry to hear that.

No matter what you say, acknowledging unfortunate events does not suck.

People have been saying “that sucks” and other such phrases to me lately because I fell, tore my rotator cuff, can’t take over-the-counter pain relievers (because I’m on the anti-coagulant medicine Coumadin), and am experiencing a lot of pain. Yesterday, an orthopedic doctor advised against surgery (because of my age) and prescribed physical therapy, which would suck without pain medication.

Do any of these photos suck?





That sucks that nature can’t fix a rotator cuff tear. I wish it could.

That sucks that my singing was a little pitchy last night  when I sang at a social work party.

That sucks that you can’t really hear the chorus:

We work each day

For not much pay

No time to play

But it’s okay.

Is “it’s okay” the opposite of “that sucks”?  I’m trying to get from “that sucks” to “it’s okay” today.

Thanks to all who helped me create this “That sucks” post and to my readers (who do not suck, stink, blow, blow dead rats,  take the biscuit, etc.) including YOU.



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35 thoughts on “Day 1867: That sucks

  1. Trying to find the positive instead of focusing on the negative is a tough one. I sometimes have more of a “that sucks” attitude too instead of “it’s gonna be okay”…

  2. I’m sorry to hear about your health, Ann. When you can’t use over the counter medication, you don’t have much else to do, if you can’t have anything else from your doctor, while you need to practice your arm? Otherwise I can only think at the oil, as is allowed in some states in US and can help you to reduce your pain.

  3. Ouch! I wish I had the superpower to suck out the pain you’re experiencing. Sending you a virtual hug to make you feel better.×150.gif

  4. Marcia Dubreuil

    Well, that’s just terrible, Ann. I too have been told I should have shoulder surgery (joint replacement), but I’m the one who decided against it in spite of pretty constant pain. I can’t take otc pain meds either (long story). Water therapy and alternative pain relief strategies (and substances) are helping, and California is a smorgasbord for the latter. Still, what a drag, right? Thinking of you.

  5. While I have said most of those phrases, these days I just say, “I’m so sorry.” I genuinely mean it although some people respond oddly with,”Why? You didn’t do it to me.” I think people automatically associate sorrow with an apology and, conversely, an apology with guilt of some sort. Must be why it is so difficult for many people to ever apologize. 🤔

  6. When someone told my grandmother bad news she’d say, “Bless your heart.” She meant that as a sincere expression of sympathy but “bless your heart” has come to be seen as a quaint Southern insult. And that sucks.
    Bless your heart and your rotator cuff, and I’m glad you continue to understand your patients’ plight and work to reduce their fright.

  7. I love your song,Ann! It looks like people sang along enthusiastically. Your voice is clear and strong. Thank you for sharing!!

  8. Oh Ann, what a bummer about your rotator cuff. I tore mine and had surgery. My husband tore his and didn’t. He had a lot of PT and it must have mended, if that’s possible. His shoulder feels okay now. Other joints not so much, hence the epidural injections he had last week. Anyhow, you rock!

  9. That sucks, is a bummer, bites, blows and all those other words that mean wow, not good! I know you will rise to the occasion and work through the pain to get that rotator cuff rotating, but I do hope the pain will subside soon. So sorry about this.

  10. I had never heard “that blows dead rats” and I must say you gave me the belly laugh of the day. I had not heard “that takes the biscuit,” either, but I’ve said a lot of the others, depending on the circumstances. Bummer is for something not too serious; I’m sorry to hear that is for someone who always has a tale of woe; that’s terrible! gosh, I’m sorry, how awful, and yes, sometimes that sucks or that stinks are genuine exclamations of sympathy for me. Occasionally, when something is particularly aggravating, I say, “It’s a sea of heartbreak.” But not too often. I’m sorry about your shoulder. I hope it heals. I had frozen should for about a year, which was painful when I moved it wrong, but it’s gone away now, as I hope your tear will, along with the pain.

    • Thank you, Lisa. That blows dead rats that you had frozen shoulder for about a year but it’s wonderful that it’s okay now. Your comments always help reduce my pain. ❤

  11. So sorry that your shoulder is so troublesome

  12. Your shoulder news sucks like a Hoover, Ann. That’s one for the classic vacuum cleaner crowd.

  13. So sorry to hear about your sucky diagnosis Ann. 😣
    Eat chocolate and know that you ROCK!

  14. hello ann koplow its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmm i think i need wun of those tshirts to annownse my opinyun of that nasty stuf wot i hav growing in my bones!!! it duz indeed suk!!! i hope yore showlder feels better soon!!! ok bye

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