What's your favorite cliche or overused phrase?

United States
August 7, 2008 6:37pm CST
What's your favorite most over used cliche? What's your catch-phrase? My favorite cliche is "I'm in a real pickle!" I don't know what it means, but it's my favorite. I say that all the time! Also, I say, "I freaked out!" That's such a cliche. And a bit of an exaggeration. I never really freak out cause, "I'm cool as a cucumber!" There are other favorite cliches like: Fit to be tied Pretty as a picture Revenge is a dish best served cold Absolute power corrupts absolutely Airing dirty laundry Here's a link to a huge list of cliches. http://www.clichesite.com/alpha_list.asp?which=lett+1 If you can't think of a cliche, check out the link and then come back and tell me which ones you use most often. We'll discuss! Thanks.
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@samijo719 (1054)
• United States
7 Aug 08
I'm always telling people "dont get so bent out of shape!" when they cnat take a joke lol
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• United States
7 Aug 08
My hubby is famous for using that line on me! And he's right, I can't take a joke. I'm way too serious.
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• United States
7 Aug 08
Ever since the song was brand new, I've been stopping discussions and even arguments with, "Whatever gets you through the night". My students usuallyget a very confused look on their faces and ask if I've been drinking! A good laugh doesn't let peole stay angry!
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• United States
7 Aug 08
hey beautyqueen.....i find myself saying a lot when i hurt myself cause i'm clumsy, owie ka-zowie. it just comes out.
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@jerzgirl (8058)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
8 Aug 08
I've liked "been there, done that" ever since it popped up. It applies to so many things and it's hard to not say it. I've also used "it's been a c**n's age" several times in the recent past as I run into people I haven't seen for years. Even though "take a chill pill" wasn't my era, I've used it a time or two on some people as well as "chill out" and "mellow out" (which IS from my era ). I probably use more euphemisms than I use cliches, but aren't some of them both. "Take a load off"= "sit down". I'm sure there are many more - although some euphemism are probably best not presented here on this board since they represent certain bodily functions best not brought up in polite company. (Good lord - what am I saying!! I've READ discussions here and know that virtually NOTHING is avoided in discussions!! ) Anyway, I think you know what I mean. My thinker is kinda plugged up tonight since I overdid it on carbs earlier this afternoon and have felt like garbage ever since. * = o myLot thinks I'm using an ethnic slur when it's just an abreviation of raccoon.
• United States
8 Aug 08
That's the best answer yet! I love all of those. I'm a big "chill pill" kind of girl. I don't like getting riled up over anything. I'm not saying I don't get my undies in a bunch on occasion. But I try to keep my cool and let things ride!!!
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@jerzgirl (8058)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
8 Aug 08
I had a neighbor once who'd say, "Don't get your panties in a wad!" I thought it was the funniest thing I'd ever heard of - she's still the only one I've ever heard use it.
@Essie119 (673)
• Canada
8 Aug 08
I love all these answers. I hadn't even thought about all the cliches in my language until I read the responses. I have kids (and a husband) so my most often used cliche is "hold your horses". It seems like someone always wants a piece of me and they want it now. :) I also use "hop to it" all the time.
• United States
8 Aug 08
I should definitely use that "Hold your horses" phrase. My daughter is always wanting me to hop up and do one more thing for her. And Mama's only got so many hands! Thanks for your clever response. Really loved it.
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• United States
8 Aug 08
It's silly but everytime I go someplace, no matter where I am I say "I'm off like a dirty shirt!" and disappear. lol
@dhangski (3194)
• Philippines
8 Aug 08
I've always been using this cliche' "Always look into the bright side". I always say this to my friends and relatives and even to myself. I am a positive thinker and these words always comes to my mind, whenever I have difficulties, problems and hardships. And it goes to my friends too whenever they ask advice to me.
@ellie333 (21018)
8 Aug 08
Hi Beautyqueen, I actually wrote a poem years ago called 'cliche world' I will share with you here also. My most used phrase though is 'what goes around comes around' I tend to use that more than any. I hope you enjoy the poem. Ellie :D Whenever I see you my heart melts They say time heals, but absence makes the heart grow fonder A confusing world of cliches we live in. Life is for living, in love be forgiving. Turn a blind eye to fault, but keep your eyes wide open. A kiss on the cheeck, not exactly passion potion. When I'm with you filled with elation Next day cold at the railway station. Hope helps, but if it is false hope, hurts. You eyeing up the girlies in their mini skirts, then accusing me of being the flirt! Double standards, you with freedom, Me with restriction. Is that fair? I'd break away if I'd dare. Fear of being alone, no, I'm quite happy that way. Fear of losing you, that sounds about right. So should I stay or should I let you go? Another couple of cliches in this cliched life. If you love someone set them free, if you want something fight for it. A confusing world in which we live How much should I say, how much should I give? Don't be walked over, but don't be too hard. Get the Balnce right. It would help if the scales worked eh! (c) ECH 2000
@sid556 (30999)
• United States
8 Aug 08
I actually hate cliches but I always end up using them if I hear them enough. It's kind of like hanging out with a southern person and picking up on the accident or hearing an annoying song that you can't get out of your head or worse yet...till you start to hum it. my mom was great for messing up these cliches. Growing up she always used to tell us kids that we put her " up in a tree without a paddle". I think it was supposed to be up the creek without a paddle.
• United States
8 Aug 08
oh lets see... Some of my normal ones are... "whatever" (say that ALL the time lol) "I'm Gonna knock you out" (even though I have no intention WHAT-SO-EVER LOL) "punk" "what the heck" "what's that got to do with the price of bananas?" (nope not used while shopping lol) I am sure I have tons more.. cant think of them at this moment lol. oh and I do the various sayings when I hurt myself too lol.... Son of a Bisquit... that is a common one lol. Or ... Son of a bisquit eater ... lol.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Without looking at the web page, I know I have a few and they are, "such is life" "Giving me the ibby jibbies" or like you "freaked out!" another is one that I say when I get out of the shower and that is "Ooouch!! I feel good!!" lol