Awesome Clichés - or are they Awful?

This cartoon got me thinking about the clichés that I seem to use on a regular basis. Some are good ones (I think) because they communicate ideas effectively but some are just silly or simply untrue. Here are a few.. with comments :)
  • Time heals all wounds - maybe patience more than time.
  • Can't see the forest for the trees - I thought the forest was the trees.
  • Look what the cat dragged in - now that is never good news.
  • As hot as hell - and how hot would that be?
  • God's green earth - isn't the desert His too?
  • Between a rock and a hard place - why not between two rocks?
  • Blood is thicker than water - not always.
  • If it ain't broke don't fix it - get an annual physical anyway!
  • I wash my hand of the whole matter - you better if you are a cook.
  • As American as Apple Pie - I prefer lemon cream pie.
What is your favorite cliché? Your least favorite?


  1. "maybe there's something better in store"

  2. "Time will tell"
    "What goes around comes around"
    "A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush"

    BTW your post is "Awesome"

  3. Hi Bob,
    There was a blurb on the front page of USA Today a couple weeks ago listing the results of their poll for the 5 most annoying phrases in the English language They were
    You know...
    It is what it is...
    at the end of the day...

    so Davey and I came up with this composite all-purpose comment:

    "WHATEVER... anyway, at the end of the day, it is what it is -- you know?"
    very useful in situations where you need to be highly annoying

  4. At the end of the day that was just awesome Rob!


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