Cliché : (n) a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.
Because I write an essay or two or more every day, I’ve learned to avoid clichés. fiancé
I can say “a penny saved is a penny burned.” That’s making fun of a cliché. But to insist that it’s “earned” makes my penning arcane. (similar to using the word “arcane.”)
Yet there are things that have been proclaimed to be clichés which have recently been abandoned by our culture, and need to be returned quickly–before we come apart at the seams.
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Just because it’s been presented for centuries does not mean it has lost the gold in its rule. Simply spoken, the absence of such a cliché is the presence of Earthly mayhem.
How about another one?
“You get more flies with honey than vinegar.”
Have we begun to believe that how we react, think and speak is insignificant? Are we asking the human race that surrounds us to tolerate our mood swings under the guise that if they don’t, they are intolerant? I think there’s a power to being kind. Do you?
“To he who much is given, much is expected.”
Might seem like a cliché–especially since it’s become popular to insist that each of us pull our own load, simulating some sort of unnatural evenness. There are two reasons people don’t have money:
- They are poor.
- They use money poorly.
It is ludicrous to think they will rise to the occasion and suddenly become prudent with finance. These poor will be with us always and we should do for them what we can–especially if we find that we have a knack of drawing in the bucks.
Yes, there are many clichés that should not be ignored or set aside simply because of their birth date.
They are just old and wizened–not dead and in need of burial.