What Does DWISNWID Mean?

DWISNWID means "Do What I Say Not What I Do." The abbreviation DWISNWID is commonly used humorously to admit hypocrisy. It means that you recognize you've told someone to do something, while you do it differently; i.e., "Follow my instructions, not my example."

Of note, it is believed to have first appeared in John Selden's Table-Talk (c. 1654): "Preachers say, 'Do as I say, not as I do.'"

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When I write DWISNWID, I mean this: meaning of DWISNWID DWISNWID means "do as I say; don't follow my example."

Summary of Key Points

"Do What I Say Not What I Do" is the most common definition for DWISNWID on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Do What I Say Not What I Do
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of DWISNWID in Sentences

Here are examples of DWISNWID being used in conversations:
  • Theresa: I thought you said chocolate was off-limits during the diet?
  • Ray: I know this looks like chocolate, but it's a health bar.
  • Theresa: Classic DWISNWID.
  • Saul: I thought we had to work until 5pm today so why are you going home?
  • Myles: I'm in charge so it's DWISNWID I'm afraid.

An Academic Look at DWISNWID

DWISNWID is typically used as an imperative (i.e., an order).

Example of DWISNWID Used in a Text


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