What is your favourite cliché?
As I thought about this, I found that I disagreed, with myself, over what a cliché is. At first I decided it was a phrase that has been overdone to the point of irritation, then I decided that it might not be phrase but an idea. For example… vampires tortured by the return of their soul has become a cliché in my opinion. I first encountered it in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and it has popped up over and over again since then. Another cliché would be someone glancing out the window and saying ‘its raining cats and dogs.’ A phrase everybody knows the meaning of, but has been overused to the point that people make jokes of it, or are just plain sick of it.
There is something so wonderfully bleak about the phrase that it appeals to me in a way that I can’t describe… although I’m going to try!
Death… certainly inevitable and for some, the source of great fear. Taxes… perhaps avoidable for a short while, but, as Jimmy Carr found out, once you get caught its an unpleasant business for all concerned. Better just to pay and be done with the matter.
A great cliché to my mind because its true and because everyone can relate to it in some way or another. It will always be relevant, always have its place and that is why I enjoy it.
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