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Noun. Mid-19th century.
[French, use as noun of past participle of clicher to stereotype, perhaps of imitative origin.]
1 Historical. A metal stereotype of electrotype block. M19
2 figurative. A stereotyped expression, a hackneyed phrase or opinion;
a stereotyped character, style, etc. L19
clichéd, cliché'd adj. hackneyed, full of clichés E20Oxford Dictionaries caustically observes, a cliché "betrays a lack of original thought," which really hits the nail on the ... um .. I mean ... it goes without ... no ... uh ... it keeps your powder close and your hatched eggs closer. Or something. I give up. Writing without using clichés is really difficult. Here's a list of twelve clichés that make you sound like a right proper numpty (I was going to write a list of ten, but that in itself seemed like a bit of a cliché):
At the end of the day
A favourite of politicians, footballers and idiots. Don't use it.
To think outside the box
A hackneyed phrase to describe creative thinking that ironically betrays a complete lack of creative thinking.
If you've ever written this on a CV as a personal quality, you've just emphatically demonstrated your complete inability to do so. Nice one.
It is what it is
What else could it be? You are what you are, mate. And do you know what that is?
I get uncomfortable when anyone says they want to touch base with me, as it's never clear which number base they want to touch.
I may be mixing my metaphors on this, but it's still stupid, so avoid it like the ... um ... Algarve?
If anyone ever tells you they've been working 24/7, they're lying and you're legally allowed to punch them in the face. In some jurisdictions. I think. Better check your local bylaws before carrying that out.
With all due respect
A pointless preamble to someone saying something really disrespectful, although to be fair it does set you up for a hilarious riposte: "With all due respect, mate, you're a complete moron."
To be fair
Yeah I've stuck this one in because I just found I'd written it in the entry above. Writing without clichés really is difficult.
I'm not being funny but ...
You're right, you're really not being funny.
This is often used as a precursor to saying something racist, bigoted, or otherwise thoroughly objectionable.
Anyone that says this is an idiot. Plain and simple. Dust yourself down and carry on.
You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?
It's overused, it's trite, and it's nauseatingly grotesque. Anyone that says this is cordially invited not to talk to me but to walk to the other side of the room.
Politicians are ridiculous.
D'you know what I mean?This is one of the most pointless, inane and downright insulting clichés in the English language, because it's usually prefaced by an utterly unambiguous (and often fatuous) statement, like "I just thought the film was a bit violent. D'you know what I mean?" Well of course I do; how could I possibly not? At the other end of the measuring tape (cliché cunningly avoided), some say this after not saying anything: "I just thought the film was a bit ... urgh ... d'you know what I mean?" Nope, I don't, and I don't think you do either.
Sometimes, when one goes back and reads something a little late in the day, they can be disappointed at how predictable, hackneyed and full of clichés it is. This can happen when someone reads Shakespeare, the Bible, Sherlock Holmes, Jane Austen, or any seminal works or authors. This is because it's often overlooked by cliché haters like myself that, originally, many clichés were actually brilliant. One of my favourites is "to skate on thin ice," a brilliantly clear cautionary metaphor that perfectly illustrates the precariousness of one's folly, though it doubtlessly has become a cliché. Unfortunately, this type of memorable metaphor is so beyond most of us that we just use the old ones, and use them and use them until their source is generally forgotten. When we do finally go back and read the original, we're left with a vague sense of disappointed familiarity.
What clichés really yank your chain?
Are there any you're willing to turn a blind eye to?
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