I have a love hate affair with clichÃ©s. If one more person comes up and says to me â€œhot enough for you?â€ they will be â€œpushing up daisies.â€ â€œOn the other handâ€ (thatâ€™s a clichÃ© too, right?) I am the king of the pithy saying in these parts.
Thatâ€™s mostly because I am â€œolder than dirt.â€ I canâ€™t help myself. â€œOld habits die hard.â€ I donâ€™t mean to be an â€œold fuddy duddyâ€ but â€œthereâ€™s no fool like an old fool.â€ See what I mean? â€œItâ€™s all downhill from here.â€
One of the better definitions I have seen is a clichÃ© is a phrase that is used excessively and has become a bit meaningless and even irritating. Well for â€œcrying out loud!â€ I certainly donâ€™t mean to be meaningless or most of the time a â€œpain in the neckâ€, but I love my clichÃ©s even though â€œthere is a thin line between love and hate.â€
Sometimes I will throw out one of my older chestnuts and I will get a look like I am â€œcrazy as a bed bug.â€ Hereâ€™s an example. â€œwhoâ€™ll bell the cat?â€ I know what I mean but when I say it people look at me like I am â€œdumber than homemade dirt.â€ This is fun but â€œitâ€™s all fun and games till someone loses any eye.â€ You have to wonder where some of these come from. I mean â€œfunny as a fart in churchâ€ is easy enough that even someone who is â€œone brick short of a loadâ€ can get it. But â€œgo bananas?â€ The first time I heard that â€œIt was like having one foot on shore and one foot in the canoe.â€ What the heck does it mean? I guess I am just â€œas thick as a brick.â€
You donâ€™t have to tell me â€œthe check is in the mail.â€ I can â€œread between the lines.â€ My life â€œis an open bookâ€, â€œworn threadbareâ€ By people â€œreading me the riot act.â€ I donâ€™t know if I am â€œready for the funny farmâ€,â€your guess is as good as mine.â€ In any case â€œthe road to hell is paved with good intentionsâ€ and â€œyour mileage may vary.â€ â€œGood bad or indifferentâ€ you have to agree â€œa good time was had by allâ€.â€
Well before â€œthe cows come homeâ€ and I am â€œlate for my own funeralâ€ I had better put the â€œfinishing touchesâ€ on this. â€œItâ€™s too late to plow, might as well dance.â€ Even though I am â€œbusier than a one armed paper hanger with the crabsâ€, â€œmore nervous than a long tailed cat in a room full of rockersâ€ I have to say â€œAlls well that ends well.â€
â€œOr then again I could be wrong.â€