In Others’ Words: New Cliche
Yesterday was a busy day for me, as I launched my third novel, Somebody Like You. It was a mix of fun and hard work and by the time 11 o’clock rolled around — when I was working on this blog post — I wasn’t up for a serious quote. Earlier in the day, a writer-friend had brought up the topic of cliches and I wondered, “Are there any quotes on cliches?” A bit of insider information: That’s how I find quotes sometimes — I wonder if there’s a quote on a particure topic and then I google the topic and … voila! a quote!
But I digress. (It is after 11 PM.)
I love the irony of Samual Goldwyn’s quote on cliches, and that’s the reason why I posted it. It was the end of a long day. (I know, I said that before.) A fun day. And the quote made me laugh.
And then I got to thinking about cliches. Did you know the Cliche Finder site will generate cliches for you? Yep. Just pick a word and it creates a list. I chose “dog” and came up with:
let sleeping dogs lie
let loose the dogs of war
in the doghouse
hair of the dog that bit you
go to the dogs
it’s a dog’s life
a dog in the manger
dog eat dog
looking like a lost dog in a meat house
if you lie down with dogs, you rise up with fleas
I wouldn’t send a dog out on a night like this
that dog won’t hunt
Where do these cliches come from? And how do you go about creating a “new” cliche?
In Your Words: Do you have a favorite cliche? Or a cliche that you avoid like the plague? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) If you were going to plug a word in the Cliche Finder site, what word would you choose?
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