Rules for thee but not for me refers to a new emerging idiomatic phrase, that is used by people to express their disregard for certain regulations.
It is often used in critique of politicians, who always seem to break their own laws.
While the exact origin of the expression “Rules for thee but not for me” is not known, it started emerging in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s, with certain articles, posts and memes referencing it.
The phrase became viral in 2020, with the outbreak of Covid-19, as many people decided to exempt themselves from the rules and regulations, made for halting the virus.
“Rules for thee but not for me” was frequently referenced in debates, articles and various other sources.
It was first defined on Urban Dictionary on December 3rd, 2020.
- Urban Dictionary – Rules for thee and not for me