What’s a Cliché Between Friends?

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Clichés are a dime a dozen whose original meanings have become lost and boring due to overuse.  Many phrases have been around so long that they are as old as the hills.

While clichés can be amusing, they can also make a writer look as dumb as a doornail.  They are also used for darker purposes (“War is Peace” – Orwell’s 1984, “Work sets you free” – slogan on Auschwitz concentration camp entrance) and have the ability to shut down discussion, making any room as silent as the grave.

There are different types of clichés, from figurative (“it’s raining cats and dogs”, “easy as pie”), to literal (“all’s well that ends well”, “morning person”).  Clichés and idioms are so similar that for some it’s simply six of one, and half a dozen of another.  Idioms are unique to their culture and language, and are always figurative (“getting cold feet”, “laying cards on the table”).

It’s Hobson’s choice on what you call these types of phrases, but they can provide insights on who we are. There are also reference lists where you can jog your memory on noted clichés; clichés to avoid for creative writers, and most overused phrases in movies

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