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Subject: Open Call. Please help me compile a list of the most irritating cliche's
Date Posted: 6/9/2013 4:54 PM ET
Member Since: 1/23/2010
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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)

  • the lights are on but no one's home
  • a sandwich short of a picnic
  • drank the Kool-Aid
  • 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
  • Bless his heart
  • God's plan for him
  • A two bagger
  • Raining cats and dogs
  • Freeze the balls off a Brass Monkey
  • Thick as Thieves
  • Gulley washer
  • TGIF
  • Stormy Monday
  • Case of the Monday's
  • Hump Day
  • Saturday' child
  • Sunday driver
  • Anything can happen day 
  • Baby bump
  • 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"
  • That's why I/you/he/she makes the big bucks
  • 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 could care less  (when the meaning is "I could not care less")
  • back in the day

 

 



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Date Posted: 6/10/2013 7:55 PM ET
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the lights are on but no one's home...

a sandwich short of a picnic.

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 6/12/2013 2:20 PM ET
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drank the Kool-Aid, which I actually find offensive

Subject: JIC
Date Posted: 6/16/2013 2:54 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/24/2013 11:53 AM ET
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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!

Date Posted: 7/13/2013 4:47 PM ET
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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"

"Gulley washer"

And some sexual ones I won't get into.. jc

 

 

Subject: Days of the week underpants
Date Posted: 7/17/2013 1:48 AM ET
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TGIF

Stormy Monday

Case of the Monday's

Hump Day

Saturday' child

Sunday driver

Anything can happen day

 

Subject: Irritating Cliches
Date Posted: 8/1/2013 2:42 PM ET
Member Since: 5/26/2008
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I have a few to add:

Baby bump

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"

Date Posted: 9/20/2013 12:55 AM ET
Member Since: 1/1/2009
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"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. 

Date Posted: 10/5/2013 7:53 PM ET
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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

Date Posted: 10/5/2013 7:59 PM ET
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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

Date Posted: 11/21/2013 9:13 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2013
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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"

Subject: how about this one
Date Posted: 11/30/2013 12:38 AM ET
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"back in the day"