Mind your own business

"Mind your own business" is a common English saying which asks for a respect of other people's privacy. It can mean that a person should stop meddling in what does not concern that person, attend personal affairs of others instead of your own, etc.



Few modern theologians believe that the phrase "Mind your own business" is a biblical derivation. St.Paul mentions to the church of Thessnolika about this manner of living in his instructions as a way of Christian life (I Thessalonians 4:11)

20th century

In the 1930s, a slang version rendered the saying as "Mind your own beeswax". It is meant to soften the force of the retort.[1] Folk etymology has it that this idiom was used in the colonial period when women would sit by the fireplace making wax candles together,[2] though there are many other theories.[3]

In the classic science fiction story ...And Then There Were None, Eric Frank Russell shortened "Mind Your Own Business" to "MYOB" or "Myob!", which was used as a form of civil disobedience on the planet of the libertarian Gands.[4] Russell's short story, ...And Then There Were None, was subsequently incorporated into his 1962 novel The Great Explosion. It is possible that Russell is the inventor of this initialism, which is now used widely throughout the United States.

See also


  1. ^ Palmatier, Robert Allen (1995). Speaking of Animals: A Dictionary of Animal Metaphors. Greenwood Press. pp. Google Books Search, p.23. ISBN 0313294909. 
  2. ^ Idiomsite.com, Beeswax
  3. ^ Worldwidewords.org
  4. ^ Abelard.org

External links

  • Idiomsite.com, Origins of common sayings - Beeswax
  • Abelard.org, And Then There Were None (relevant excerpt of The Great Explosion)

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  • mind your own business — This is not your concern • • • Main Entry: ↑mind * * * mind your own business see ↑business • • • Main Entry: ↑mind * * * ˌmind your ˌown ˈbusiness idiom ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mind your own business — Mind your own business, auf Deutsch etwa: „Kümmere dich um deine eigenen Angelegenheiten“, ist eine populäre englischsprachige Redewendung. In seinem Science Fiction Roman von 1962, „The Great Explosion“, kürzte Eric Frank Russell „Mind Your Own… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mind your own business! — Mind (your) own business! informal something that you say in order to tell someone not to ask questions or show too much interest in other people s lives. How much did that dress cost you? Mind your own business! I wish he d mind his own business …   New idioms dictionary

  • mind your own business — spoken 1) mind your own business or none of your business spoken used for telling someone rudely that you are not going to tell them about something because it does not affect or involve them He told me to mind my own business. Where do you think …   English dictionary

  • mind-your-own-business — /muynd yeuhr ohn biz nis/, n. baby s tears. * * * mind your own busˈiness noun A Mediterranean plant (Helxine soleirolii) of the nettle family, having small, roundish leaves and producing tiny flowers (also called baby s tears) • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mind your own business — do not ask questions about my business    I asked about her plans, and she told me to mind my own business …   English idioms

  • mind your own business — do not be so interested in what other people are doing. If she asks where we re going, tell her to mind her own business …   New idioms dictionary

  • mind your own business — do not interfere, don t butt in, it s none of your business, what business of yours is it? …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mind your own business! — don t interfere!, it s none of your business!, butt out! …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mind-your-own-business — /muynd yeuhr ohn biz nis/, n. baby s tears. * * * …   Universalium

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