We all have those expressions or clichés that just make us cringe whenever someone uses them in a conversation. These expressions can make our gut tighten up and our minds want to locate the nearest hiding spot, especially when they are said by a loved one. Don’t fall victim to these conversation killing clichés and advise all your family and friends to avoid them at all costs.
Cliché #1: Being Big Didn’t Save the Dinosaurs
Yes, dinosaurs were big but they had little itty-bitty brains. That’s what separates us from them. If you use this expression in a conversation then you are comparing our brain size and human capabilities to a bunch of mammoth animals who ate each other to stay alive (they also peed and pooped wherever they wanted). So if you use this phrase does this mean that your brain is the size of a walnut too?
Cliché #2: This Ain’t My First Rodeo
Chances are yes, it is, unless you are actually a bull riding, steer roping cowboy. Plus, this statement is just grammatically incorrect and if you are in a business setting then you will look like an idiot (unless you are wearing ten gallon hat). Plus, the images that I get whenever I hear this are not exactly PG-13.
Cliché #3:Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch
If my eggs started hatching then they’d end up in the garbage (and I’d probably be screaming my head off) because apparently something went horribly wrong at the grocery store.
Cliché #4: What Comes Around Goes Around
This is true if you are a merry-go-round or a ferris wheel and by the time you get done with all that spinning then all you are is dizzy. Whenever someone says this all I can hear is that tinny carousel music and it blocks out whatever the person says next. Also, if you don’t want to sound like a vindictive wart then just avoid this expression completely.
Cliché #5: Don’t put All Your Eggs in One Basket
Again with the farm animals! What eggs and what basket? Every time I hear this I think of Caroline Ingalls going out to the chicken coop to get breakfast. There you go, I said it, my mind wanders with this expression and you are not going to get me back anytime soon because now I’m focused on my favorite Little House on the Prairie episodes.
But it’s a Dry Heat-This one is not really a cliché, it’s more of an expression but it’s just as annoying and nonsensical as the overused clichés.
I’m sorry but 110 degrees is hot regardless of the humidity (Note the use of regardless, not irregardless, which is NOT a word). Or you could just walk around saying, “Nah, nah, nah, na-nah nah, my 105 is cooler than yours!” You can find solace in the fact that heat makes you an equal opportunity sweater.
Clichés are out of date, overused conversation fillers. So in order to keep your friends and coworkers from rolling their eyes at you, please don’t demonstrate your ignorance and lack of creativity by resurrecting these expressions.