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Consider, to each their own one has a right to one's personal preferences AHD
There's the proverb different strokes for different folks. Citing Oxford: Different things appeal to different people.
Consider the phrase aptly named: A dog called Snoozy who lies around on the couch all day is aptly named... (http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/aptly) aptly named/described/called etc: named, described etc in a way that seems very suitable The aptly named Skyline Restaurant provides spectacular views of the city below. (Longman) We ...
Consider "One man's meat is another man's poison". From The Free Dictionary: Something that one person likes may be distasteful to someone else. Fred: What do you mean you don't like French fries? They're the best food in the world! Alan: One man's meat is another man's poison. Jill: I don't understand why Don doesn't like to read ...
Consider "bandana", the hallmark of many a robber's outfit: bandana or bandanna: a large brightly colored piece of cloth that you wear around your head or neck (Longman) When there's a riot or robbery, news reports often talk about robbers, protesters or looters wearing bandanas over their faces: The protesters, some wearing bandanas over ...
Consider, They didn't call you [Smart] for nothing! Spanish Language StackExchange [Smart], you sure live up to your name. live up to something: to be as good as you said or thought something >would be. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Angel, you sure live up to your name. Limestone [Smart], your name fits you to a tee/like a ...
I would suggest One man's trash is another man's treasure.
Such a name can be called a euonym: a name well suited to the person, place, or thing named Source: Merriam-Webster
By using the wood, you have obviated the need to store it. Building a container to store the material you'd use to build the container is a self-obviating action. -- obviate ˈɒbvɪeɪt/ verb verb: obviate; 3rd person present: obviates; past tense: obviated; past participle: obviated; gerund or present participle: obviating remove (a need or difficulty). ...
A common one that younger folks will recognise is You do you Which could be expanded to You do what you feel is best for your situation*
In the UK, a very popular proverb for what you describe is horses for courses. From Wiktionary: (chiefly Britain, idiomatic) Different people are suited for different jobs or situations; what is fitting in one case may not be fitting in another. (chiefly Britain, idiomatic) The practice of choosing the best person for a particular job, the best response ...
I think the term is handicap: (Individual Sports, other than specified). a contest, esp a race, in which competitors are given advantages or disadvantages of weight, distance, time, etc, in an attempt to equalize their chances of winning the advantage or disadvantage prescribed. Collins
It might be worth looking at the hypothesis of nominative determinism.
"Make waves" is a well-known English idiom, and it can have several meanings, but I don't think it fits the described context: make waves: to cause problems by making suggestions or criticisms (Macmillan English Dictionary) makes waves: to disturb the status quo (Webster's Unabridged) make waves: create a significant impression he has ...
There is 'self-defeating': Self-defeating - adjective 1 - serving to frustrate, thwart, etc., one's own intention or interests: His behavior was certainly self-defeating. www.dictionary.com
I think self-defeating is close, but I would use the phrase defeats the purpose instead. However, I do not quite agree you building the shelving was pointless. You ended up having cool new shelves instead of random bits of wood sitting around.
I sometimes (ab)use "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", by replacing beauty with e.g. annoyance, bad taste. The idea being that such assessments are subjective, and vary depending on the person.
If you want to sound all educated, you could say de gustibus non est disputandum which is Latin for "There is no arguing about taste." (Or, perhaps more idiomatically, "There is no accounting for taste.") It's generally used when there is a matter of personal preference being discussed to point out that no amount of debate or argument is going to ...
There is a well-known metaphor which concerns the Titanic, but I wasn't thinking of that one. Often I have heard someone say: That suggestion sounds like rearranging the deck-chairs on the Titanic It means that what is being proposed is a of minisule value in relation to the crisis in hand. It might prove a suitable response to any of the three ...
Some editions of this essay add the word that, making it easier to parse: Fear never but that you shall be consistent in whatever variety of actions. (source) Fear never is a synonym for never fear or fear not, so a more understandable rendition might be: Fear not but that you shall be consistent... But serves to negate, so if we replace it with ...
In Norway, there's a saying that goes 'The taste is like the butt - it's divided' (Not a perfect translation, but you get the idea)
The problem here is that your meaning doesn't terribly match your goal--i.e., to convey something to your friend to get him to stop. All the answers along the lines "different strokes" suggest that taste is trivial. But that supports your friend's line of thinking. Without judging who is right on this matter, I can say what you need is to convey the idea ...
This strikes me as a classic Catch-22. A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently contradictory rules or conditions The term was coined by Joseph Heller in the comic novel Catch-22, and is such a useful idea that logicians have formalized and adopted it. It's also entered common speech. I ...
In this case, one must refer to Latin: Nomen est omen.
Consider "a drop in the bucket" (or "a drop in the ocean"): a very small amount in comparison to the amount that is needed (http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/a+drop+in+the+ocean) For example, regarding the government you could say: The government's decision to help the economy by marking the products of local manufacturers with conspicuous ...
But in this sense is used as a second negative to cancel an initial negative and so express a positive. The net positive sense here is Rest assured you will be consistent in any variety of actions, provided that each is honest and natural in its hour. O.E.D. s.v. but, prep., adv., conj., n.3, adj., and pron. Sense 4: So after a negative, expressed or ...
In late 18th-century racing, fast horses were laden with weights, to make races more even, and therefore more attractive for wagering. The practice was called handicapping, from a 17th Century lottery game named hand-in-cap, where the name of the winning player was literally pulled from a cap. Handicapping, giving a strong player a disadvantage so as to ...
That's what people say and a language doesn't have to follow any rules of logic - people use a certain word to mean something and that's correct. Everybody uses "hear" to mean gain information, learn, to receive communication - Merriam-Webster Good to hear from you. Hope to hear from you soon. I haven't heard from her for a long time.
It's like pissing in the wind. piss in the wind: to do something that is futile and counterproductive; to waste one's time doing something. McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions It's like trying to keep a wave on the sand. Google Books It's like pushing water up a hill [with a rake] Arabesk
This one is more for people liking different things, rather than disliking things, but it might be useful: Whatever floats your boat Definition from Wiktionary: Pronoun whatever floats your boat: (idiomatic) What makes you happy; what stimulates you. Interjection whatever floats your boat: (idiomatic) Do whatever makes you happy or stimulates ...
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