Just for today, let’s embrace the cliché – word game

Just for today, let’s embrace the cliché.


I’ve written that a cliché and is an expression that at its birth was both original and clever. But clever expressions spread like wildfire (I couldn’t resist that one!), and over the passage of time such expressions become trite and overused. Readers often see clichés as signs of laziness and/or lack of creativity. http://robsmegaphone.com/2008/02/21/layers-of-revision/


But just for today, let’s embrace the cliché.


Below I’ve written a paragraph using 25 clichés that begin with the letter A. If you would like to do the same, I’ll add you paragraph to this post.  Here’s a partial list of clichés that begin with the letter A.


He was at wits end.  She was the apple of his eye but he always had ants in his pants.  He had always bepuppylove1612en all talk and no action, but now he had an ace up the sleeve.  Actions speak louder than words he thought.  He decided absence makes the heart grow fonder, so he would walk as far as the eye can see.  Then he thought perhaps presents were her Achilles’ heel but that could cost an arm and a leg.  He could get a second job, but all work and no play make Jack a dull boy.  He decided to ask his dad for advice “well son, the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree does it?”I was all thumbs when I met your mom.  I was at the end of my rope before I realized that all that glitters is not gold.  The answer is as plain as the nose on your face, expensive presents are as useful as a lead balloon if you’re not there to share them.  Your time is as good as gold.  His dad was right. He would go see her, but he decided to take a small present –an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  So he picked some fruit and ran to her as the crow flies.  He saw her standing there with his best friend.  His heart sunk, but he had no ax to grind with his friend.  So he handed her the fruit and said an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  She said to his friend any friend of yours is a friend of mine.  My friend turned to me, winked and said all’s well that ends well. And she and he, well now they are as snug as a bug in a rug.


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About robertstevenson

Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
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6 Responses to Just for today, let’s embrace the cliché – word game

  1. timethief says:

    Shouldn’t this last sentence read: My friend turned and wink at me and said all’s well that ends well and she and he, well now they are as snug as a bug in a rug .

  2. praning5254 says:

    Hey! this is a cool one…I’m not really good with idiomatic expressions, but I’m really entertained, though there are some lines that are vague to me…Well, I guess I’ll go now and look for their meanings…

  3. katknit says:

    I was wondering about her name, till I thought, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” “What’s in a name?”
    Anyway, next time I think he ought to “look before he leaps”, because “a stitch in time saves nine” and he’s probably headed for “heartbreak hotel.”

  4. Pam Beers says:

    Right now they’re snug as a bug in a rug, but the sea of marriage can get rough. It’s important to find any port in a storm to protect the bans of matrimony; especially the day to day grind that occurs as the world turns.

  5. Jon says:

    Hate cliches but really like this post Rob.

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