I have a big pet peeve. Cliches. I can’t stand them. If I find myself about to recite one, I’ll fumble over the words and have to stop the conversation. Its more like a reflexive verbal hiccup… due to my desire for being original and my hatred of routine. Cliches are avoided at all costs.
It makes me so angry when I’m singing at work and someone goes, “Don’t quit your day job.” Can’t you think of something more novel to say you uncreative son of a bitch?
But there’s one thing I hate more than cliches and that’s unfinished cliches. If you’re going to spout one you better commit. You’re not fooling anyone. Like if you don’t complete it you’re somehow being more original. You know what I’m talking about: Two people agree on something and one turns to the other to say, “Great minds…”.
Great minds what?
Or if you are in a strange place and you’re trying to decide how to act and your friend says, “You know what they say, when in Rome…”
No I don’t know what they say. TELL ME.
So the moral of the story is: If you have to use a cliche, you better speak with conviction. Or don’t say one at all.