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Six Idiotic Idioms – and What’s Wrong with Them

Why NOT cry over spilt milk? Famous idioms and sayings don't always make sense – and here's why.

2. Low Man on the Totem Pole
2. Low Man on the Totem Pole

THE FLAW: The low man is often the most admired.

Vertical order on totem poles rarely denotes importance.

One thing the ‘low man’ almost always earns, though, is love from the carver and hence the viewer.

'Most carvers begin from the bottom of the pole, moving to the top,' writes Pat Kramer, author of Totem Poles. 'Bottom figures are detailed because observers see these figures close up.'