How Cliche’

on November 3, 2007

Where do Cliche’s come from? Is there someone who sits at a big desk somewhere thinking up cliche’s and then spread them out into the world? I wish I knew. Here are some of the cliches that I did not make up:

  • The straw that broke the camel’s back
  • As wise as an owl
  • A change is as good as a holiday
  • Hold your horses
  • Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop
  • Open-and-shut case
  • Like it or lump it
  • In over his head
  • Take it or leave it
  • Knock on wood
  • The light at the end of the tunnel
  • On a wing and a prayer
  • Break a leg

Now if I were the person who sat at the big desk with the desk plate that said “Cliche’ Creator” mine would probably look like this:

  • The straw that sips the Diet Coke
  • As wise as Rain man
  • Change is as good as a dollar bill
  • Hold your puppies or they’ll get hit by cars.
  • Like it or sell it on E-bay
  • Idle hands are in need of a manicure
  • Open and shut them, open them shut them, give a little clap

I guess I won’t quit my day job.


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