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For narrative and plot development I do my best to be original, but my characters use a lot of cliche'.
easy on the eyes
dumb as a box of rocks
blowin' up an onion sack
wild goose chase
no way on God's green earth
pound sand (I LOVE that one! Can you think of Anything more futile?)
These phrases and many more fall with regularity from my lips and are sprinkled liberally (and sometimes,not so liberally) throughout my writing. Lately mom is nagging me to "knock it off". That simply isn't going to happen, however with your help I can do my best to avoid the worst. If you would, please post the cliche that irritates you most. And if your biggest bug-a-boo is already here, please post anyway. That will tell me which ones people dislike the most. Feel free to pm instead. Thank you And please feel free to chat
The PBS Writers Forum Most Irritating Cliche' (Here's hoping it grows)
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"not the brightest crayon in the box"
"a dead ringer"
"drop in the bucket"
"shot in the dark"
"as white as snow"
"back to square one"
Blech. That's the best I can do for now without giving myself a headache. hahah!
when I moved to NC from MA, I heard some that made me want to "run for my life"
"Bless his heart" * the absolute worst of all time
"God's plan for him"
"A two bagger"
"Raining cats and dogs"
"Freeze the balls off a Brass Monkey"
"Thick as Thieves"
And some sexual ones I won't get into.. jc
I have a few to add:
It is what it is
That's why they call it "work"
"All day" (in response to, "Is today the 15th?")
Calling EVERYTHING "amazing"
Describing marriage as "a piece of paper"
"blowin' up an onion sack" - is that a regional phrase? I've never heard it and can't figure it out without resorting to Google :)
"That's why he/you get(s) paid the big bucks" is one that annoys me the most.
Ha -just trivia - the phrase "It's raining Cats and Dogs" came from Europe in the (I think) 1500's when there was no indoor plumbing, and certainly no animal control. There were big gulley's to catch the "waste" people threw out the window ("Look out below!" Because of the over population of animals, when they would have bad storms, cats and dogs would slide down the muck, and frequently drown, so it literally was raining cats and dogs down the gullies. - anyone want to go back to the "good old days?" ha ha
wrong side of the tracks
wouldn't touch someone with a ten foot pole
work one's tail off
worst case scenario
to skin a goat
pray to the porcelainh God
Having a conniption fit
pinched for money
smell a rat
seven year itch
I hate when people say "I could care less" because #1 It's over used and #2 THEY ARE SAYING IT WRONG it's supposed to be "I couldn't care less" as in "i already don't care at all, so I could not care less"