642 Things to Write About Challenge: Week 38

I am a few days late with this week’s topic, but I’ve been packing nonstop all weekend and had a very busy week at work last week.  I had a different topic planned originally, but this one was easier and required a little bit less concentration time.  It does require a quick English-language lesson, though.

“Write down as many clichés and aphorisms as you can think of.  Go back, and star the ones you actually say.”

Clichés and aphorisms are pretty much the same thing.  What makes them different is the context and usage.  Essentially – and my mind is really drained right now, so keep in mind that I am way oversimplifying this explanation right now – an aphorism becomes a cliche when the phrase is overused.  There’s a reason why people say, “That’s so cliche!”  You know what, I’ll just screen cap the definitions.  If you want a better explanation, this is a good site.



Here’s what I came up with.  I starred the ones I say all the time.

  • That’s the pot calling the kettle black. *
  • When it rains, it pours. *
  • That’s the way the cookie crumbles.
  • The show must go on. *
  • All hands on deck.
  • Beggars can’t be choosers. *
  • No good deed goes unpunished.
  • Boys will be boys.
  • Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
  • Waste not, want not.
  • A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  • The best things in life are free.
  • All bets are off *
  • Up a creek without a paddle
  • All in a day’s work *
  • All’s well that ends well.
  • Behind every successful man is a woman.
  • Better late than never. *
  • I think therefore I am. *
  • Home is where the heart is.
  • Better safe than sorry. *
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  • I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.
  • If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. *
  • Better late than never. *
  • It ain’t over til it’s over. *
  • Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.
  • Cut off your nose to spite your face.
  • Life’s a bitch. *
  • Always a bridesmaid, never the bride.
  • Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  • Killing two birds with one stone. *
  • The grass is always greener on the other side.
  • It’s now or never.
  • It’s ain’t over til the fat lady sings.
  • All’s fair in love and war.

So what aphorisms and clichés do you say?  Leave ’em below.

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