I hate clichés and catch phrases as much as my dad hated cats.
He began hating felines after one killed his canary.
But I have lied, or at least have misled, when I said that I hate clichés and catch phrases.
I am constantly using them.
Here are some that I have used in the past month (I could also tell why I said them, but won’t):
We’re all in the same boat.
Beggars can’t be choosers.
Big Brother is watching.
Here is one my mom said a lot:
IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY, DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL.
The early bird catches the worm.
Quit horsing around!
Bump on a log.
Cover my (your) ass.
When pigs can fly.
Button it up!
The long and short of it.
Bite your tongue.
See the glass as half empty or half full.
I am constantly repeating this one to my students:
Wake up and smell the coffee.
These are clichés I must like since I am always saying them.
There is one cliché I REALLY DON’T LIKE (and I’m not pulling the wool over your eyes):
Been there, done that.
Then there are some clichés I never knew existed.
A few of them are fairly obnoxious, and some of them border on the profane:
As horny as a three balled tomcat.
Tighter than a gnat's ass.
As useful as tits on a bull.
Busier than a one armed paper hanger.
Horny as a three peckered Billy goat.
A face like a bulldog chewing on a wasp.
Our world is filled with clichés.
Even the sentence "Oh, that's such a cliche" is a cliché.
All I want to say is:
IT'S THE OIL STUPID!