Sunday, August 28, 2005

Clichés: The Follow-up

Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater
By D. C. Sistrunk

Admittedly, I beat up clichés rather badly in my last post. However, in all honesty, I had a blast doing the research on this topic. The “groaners,” which you often hear in news broadcasts, made me laugh and convicted me. Yes, it’s true. I, too, can be lazy when it comes to writing. By the way, if you want to snicker and read dozens of offending clichés, you’ll find them at

I had just as much fun checking out what I call garden-variety type euphemisms. Most of the phrases I know originated in the United States, but some surface from other countries.
For instance:

Cliché: If you get the sense, then chuck the tense
Explanation: If you understand what the other person is trying to say, don't bother worrying about how they say it.
Country: India

Ah, the color of language. Here are some of my favorite clichés:

Life is a bowl of cherries

God willing (and the creek don’t rise)

Working my last good nerve

Dogs have masters; cats have staff

His mouth is writing checks his body can’t cash

Got a favorite euphemism? Consider this “Cliché Central” for the day. Post your favorite (or least favorite) figure of speech, along with an explanation, if needed.


gramyactress@21 said...

You want beef I got the cow.

You would normally say this when your in some drama and your tired of the other persons crap. So you put your dukes up and pull the hair in a pony tail and grease up that face and prepare to loose.

Deb S. said...

Gramyactress, this is GREAT. I'll add this cliche to my list. Your explanation paints the picture perfectly. Somehow I get the impression that you may have a little experience in the area of "beef" and "cows." :-)
You reminded me of Jill Scott's song, "Gettin' in the Way." Thanks for the post.

Deb S. said...

P.S. to Gramyactress: You have a beautiful face of pride. I checked out your blog.

Rose said...

what about the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice. I guess this means no matter how dark that brother is he is an excellent lover. Other phrases that gets on my the end of the day, exactly, awesome, like ah, whatever......get it?

Deb S. said...

"The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice"? LOL
I haven't heard that in ages, plus I thought it just applied to women.
Live and learn. :-) Thanks, Rose.

Shirazi said...

Thanks :-)