The use of cliches in a conversation can greatly affect the mood of the audience. There are some that we like in spite of them being overused, time and again. Though, as times change, our definitions of what is 'trite', what is 'banal', and what is 'commonplace' also change; cliches always remain cliches. Here are some of the most common ones that anyone reading this will agree with.
This cliche was probably invented by a frustrated boyfriend who was dumped by his girlfriend for a richer guy! Jokes apart, it is sadly a true situation; almost nothing is free these days, not even love!
"Time is money"
All my Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and gaming comrades - are you listening? LOL!
"A fool and his money are easily parted"
A wonderful cliche warning us to handle our money with care, lest we want to part with all (or most) of it!
"Another day, another dollar"
Are you nodding your head at this one? I am sure you are. This cliche was probably invented to make us feel good about our jobs on the day we are not really in the mood to work.
Again, another cliche with several meanings; it could imply that people closest to you are the ones most affected by your actions. It could also be used by a lover who has hurt his/her partner to ask for forgiveness.
"Love is blind"
Hands down the most popular (and true) cliche about love! It suggests that love makes us oblivious to the faults of the ones we love.
"All's fair in love and war"
Another popular cliche about love ... it gives a deceptive lover the chance to ask for forgiveness.
"Unlucky in cards, lucky in love"
This one is bound to keep a losing gamblers heart!
"Misery loves company"
This one could be interpreted in many ways; some believe it means that you should never cry alone, it is always best to share your sorrows. Some people, on the other hand, believe that the cliche serves to warn us against people who only want company when they hit the low, but who will forget you when they are up and happy again.
A very clever cliche indeed; it serves to elicit the fact that no matter what you do in life, if you are not optimistic and positive in your approach to wards life, you will never be able to enjoy and live to the fullest. Keep smiling!
"A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down"
Everybody loves a pat on the back, an appreciative smile, a word of encouragement; sometimes it is enough to give you strength to pull through a tough time. This is exactly what the above cliche expresses.
A cliche used to warn someone being too careless about his/her actions; it elicits that you may not always get away with wrong-doings.
"If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all"
Another cliche used as a consolation for someone who has been unlucky too often!
This one was perhaps invented by a rather caring and loving mother who didn't want her son to fall in bad company! It is a good one to alert the innocent about the problems they may fall into if they keep the company of bad people.
"Diamonds are a girl's best friends"
A cliche that could potentially break a lover's heart! This one suggests that though love is important, it is material wealth that is necessary for survival in the world!
"A friend in need is a friend indeed"
A cliche that will help you distinguish between a fair-weather friend and a true friend.
Cats have this unquenchable curiosity, they are always going on investigating their surroundings. The guy/girl who invented this cliche sure had a pet cat! This cliche warns people against getting too nosy. Your business is your business, and my business is mine!
"As horny as a three balled tomcat"
This one is about the kind of people who are overtly full of sexual desire!
"Why close the barn door after the horse is gone?"
This is another way of saying "prevention is better than cure"; there is no point taking corrective action after a problem has already come to be, it is always better to be safe than to be sorry!
A popular cliche to warn the world against falling for someone who is only good-looking; good looks do not mean equal good character and/or nature!
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"
What is beautiful to you need not be beautiful to somebody else! This also explains why a mother will love all her children alike, the prettiest one as well as the most simple-looking one, because in her eyes, they are all her children and
they are all beautiful.
Even a single person can be enough to spoil the mood (or minds) of a group of people!
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away"
If you eat well, you will never fall sick!
A wonderful thought; this cliche elicits that love cannot be imposed on anyone; you cannot make someone love you!
"There's no such thing as a free lunch"
This is another way of saying that everything in life costs money, and that almost nothing comes for free.
"Footloose and fancy free"
This cliche very correctly epitomizes the life of children - devoid of responsibilities!
"Free as a bird"
This cliche can be used in two ways; either it can denote someone who is free of responsibilities, or it can denote a person who is free from obligations.
It is used to denote how we do not have control over certain things or situations in life; we have to accept it the way it is served to us! This one is used more in the context of gambling, since many gamblers are known to ask their girlfriends to kiss the dice before they roll it.
Following are some more cliches with the same meaning as the one listed above.
"... and that's the way the cookie crumbles"
"... and that's the way the dice rolls"
"... and that's the way the ball bounces"
We all love movies, and I am sure there are many out there who also love the cliches that form such a big part of the script. They are bound to leave you laughing!
- The answering machine will always have two unimportant messages before the actual message. first there will be "Hello Mr. XYZ, this is to confirm ... blah-blah"; then another "Mike here, I'll call later ..."; and then "Mark, I didn't marry Keith; I still love you!".
- One cup of black coffee, one splash of ice-cold water, and bang! Your hangover is gone!
- Wild animals, especially snakes, will always attack the woman first, even if a potentially more threatening man is standing close by.
- While being chased, the woman will always fall down, and the hero will always stop to help her back up.
- Ugly middle-school duckling will always turn into beautiful high-school swan with every guy falling for her.
- There will be some whizkid who will know how to hack the computer. Usually the kid will be a social nobody, a geek, with a pair of huge glasses, a loose t-shirt and shorts.
- All the dads, especially those with small children (5 to 9 year old), will have a terrific sense of humor.
- The husband is always shocked when his wife tells him she is pregnant!
- The hero can take a bullet, a stabbing, anything, and still be strong enough to kill a battalion of the villain's side!
- The hero always has a dame; the side-kick, NEVER!
- The side-kick will always sacrifice his life to save that of the hero; this will enrage the hero and will finally make him kill the villain.
The English language is under constant evolution, but some things will never change. Is that a good thing or not? You decide!