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Postby musthavebeenmykarma » Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:52 pm

Don't have an ace up your sleeves?
I hope I'm a punk-rocking zombie when I die-


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Postby bfsooner » Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:03 pm

colder than a witch's titty
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Postby novicescribbler » Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:37 pm

happier than a pig in sh**
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Postby pengwenn » Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:19 pm

that doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell
Is this my reality or yours?
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Postby musthavebeenmykarma » Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:37 pm

at least until hell freezes over...
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Postby Nephtalius » Sun Jul 02, 2006 3:16 pm

A few years ago, I got the idea of updating clichés. Do clichés become clichés in the first place because they’re true?? Sometimes, but not always. The most obvious example is `Crime doesn’t pay.’ Perhaps there was a grain of truth to that at one time. Clearly, there is not today. Another cliché acknowledges that fact. `Make out like a bandit.’

Another untrue cliché is `You are what you eat.’ It’s more accurate to say, `You are what you ate.’

Some clichés are incomplete. `If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.’ I would add, `Yeah, but being part of the problem is way more fun.’

There are contradictory clichés. `Many hands make light work.’ `Too many cooks spoil the broth.’ I wish somebody would figure out which of those is correct once and for all. Same with `Haste makes waste,’ and `He who hesitates is lost.’

There are other clichés that should be updated for the 21st century. `Rob Peter to pay Paul,’ should be, `Rob Peter then stiff Paul.’

`Necessity is the mother of invention,’ should be, `Necessity is a mother!’

`Do unto others as you would have others do unto you’ --> `Do unto others before they do unto you’

You have to be careful not to change clichés simply for the sake of changing them. I remember one country song from several years ago. The narrator is trying to convince himself that his lost love was not so perfect after all. He sings, `As for me, I’ve learned all that glitters is not gold.’ You see?? All he did was move the word `not,’ but it changed a truism into a falsehood.
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Postby bfsooner » Sun Jul 02, 2006 4:00 pm

One particular cliche that my dad hates "You can't have your cake and eat it too." He thinks it makes more sense to say "You can't eat your cake and have it too," because you have your cake until you eat, but you can't have your cake after you have eaten it. Make sense?
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Postby musthavebeenmykarma » Sun Jul 02, 2006 4:42 pm

haha, rebecca, I never understood that saying until now... I thought, well you can always have your cake and eat it too, so long as you have cake...
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Postby cherbo86 » Sun Jul 02, 2006 5:35 pm

What about, "Colder than hell." Shouldnt it be it is colder than hell is hot. I guess someone decided to give it a cliff notes makeover.
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Postby musthavebeenmykarma » Sun Jul 02, 2006 6:28 pm

lol well I guess a lot of things are "(blank)-er than hell..." hotter than hell, colder than hell, louder than hell...

I don't think Paradise Lost ever mentions Hell being particularly loud.
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Postby cherbo86 » Sun Jul 02, 2006 7:30 pm

how about "As ugly as sin"
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Postby cherbo86 » Sun Jul 02, 2006 8:13 pm

Dont make me stop this car.

You started it and Im going to finish it

Dont call us, we'll call you.

No news is good news.

If its good for the goose its good for the gander.
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The road to hell is paved with adverbs.

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Postby cherbo86 » Sun Jul 02, 2006 8:24 pm

24/7
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

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The road to hell is paved with adverbs.

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Postby mae » Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:34 pm

My father had a whole lifetime full of 'memorable sayings'. They became cliche's in my house, but most other people had never heard them:

Cute as a speckled pup under a new red wagon

Graceful as a cow on crutches (that was said of me on more than one occasion!)

Looks like a mud fence after a spring rain

and my all-time, hands-down favorite:

Well, I should hope to kiss a duck!

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Postby mae » Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:36 pm

Can't stand 'that point in time' and 'the bottom line' mae
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Postby bfsooner » Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:01 pm

I thought of another this morning..."I'm sticking to my guns on this one."
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Postby Nephtalius » Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:16 am

Moderation in all things.

Sounds good, but cannot be achieved. It is not possible to be moderate in all things. Do you see why??
Ethics are so annoying. I avoid them on principle. -- Bucky in the Get Fuzzy comic strip.
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Postby bfsooner » Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:13 pm

New book on Cliches...heard it is supposed to be funny

https://members.premiereinteractive.com ... _17987.htm
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Postby Mlou » Fri Dec 01, 2006 7:19 pm

I've been saving them for years. Why didn't I ever think of putting them in a book??? :-D Probably because I thought it had been done already, and more than once. Obviously there's always room for one more, if it has a different twist.
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