Friday, August 30, 2013


A friend of mine is very 'into' grammar and the use of words. I read an article about using certain outdated cliches, so I thought I would share it.

"Clich├ęs are the worst. Aside from being indicative of lazy speaking and lazy writing, they are rarely used correctly, and even when they are, they rarely make sense. Most popularized metaphors are outdated..."

Here are the worst listed:

Don't cry over split milk.
Selling like hotcakes.
The rest is history.
Avoid like the plague.
Let her hair down.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Beg the question.
When it rains, it pours.
Cat got your tongue?
Go climb a tree.
Dressed to kill.
Spitting image.
Don't judge a book by its cover.

The article said these were the 'worst of the worst' and using them makes a person "unbearably boring" or "shows an inability to discuss original thoughts or opinions."

I just think they are plain OLD and over time new ones have taken their place in our speech patterns. If you think of more oldies, feel free to share in the comment section. People who use any of the above worst are really showing their age, or maybe they are just a little boring.

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