I can't get to Cracked at work. Does anyone know where they're getting their information about this quote? I ask because virtually every other source I've ever seen says that "Blood is thicker than water" means exactly what everyone thinks it means.
I found one source that says otherwise, but it appears to be pretty dubious and contains convoluted arguments that cite sources that have nothing to do with the origin of the quote.
In other words, I'd take the Cracked article with a big grain of salt.
Okay based on what I read from this link the original article gave
, the whole blood/water thing is 6 of one, a half dozen of the other. People either use it to mean family (blood) is more important than friends, or that a blood covenant is more powerful than "the water of the womb." Obviously people will use the interpretation that is the most beneficial to them. If your family wants your loyalty, they tell you they are your blood. If the military or a fraternity wants you loyalty, then you become brothers/bonded in blood. The prevailing theme is the pressure of loyalty and the forsaking of one person or group in favor of another.
I posted the link here because the second I read it, I thought of all the ehell posts that describe rude relatives playing the "but we're your faaaaaamily
" card. IMHO, this just gives that practice an interesting perspective.