Obviously, I was overthinking even as a tiny child, because I have never understood that expression to be saying what folks think it does. Made no sense to me when I thought about. Of course one can compare apples and oranges. I have been vindicated for my 60 years of argumentation!
Anyone who watches the Big Bang Theory think Wally sounds very Sheldon Cooper-ish in this episode? The only thing missing is a "Bazinga" after frame 7, when he throws back at PHB the same cliche he just invalidated.