It's time for Paper Hangover's Friday Fives! Here's what the fab eight wants to know this week...
In case you don't know what a cliché is, here's the Merriam-Webster version:
a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.
You know - quiet as a mouse, see the writing on the wall...
As writers, most of the time we avoid clichés “like the plague” (that’s not overused), so I’m avoiding some popular ones in my five faves:
AND...since I’ve lived in the south the past twenty years, I thought I’d share a few “overused” expressions that may or may not be cliché to you:
1) Stupid is as stupid does
2) Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit
3) And from Mater: I’m happier than a tornado in a trailer park
I use a variation of this next one in my current WIP (hahahaha)
4) Absence makes the heart grow fonder
And two that I can’t live without in my day job:
5) An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of manure
6) It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission
Yeah, I know. I exceeded the limit (imagine that). Soooo—here are two of my favorite literary clichés:
7) Brevity is the soul of wit (Shakespeare)
8) I go to seek a great perhaps (Francois Rabelais)
One of my favorites from my very first project:
9) Same bat time, same bat channel
And just because Madeleine L'Engle CAN make it work
10) It was a dark and stormy night
I have others (of course!), but I’ll stop here—you know—since I ALREADY went over the limit.
What’s YOUR favorite cliché?