5 Things — Annoying Clichés

Dr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, has this prompt called “5 Things,” where she asks us to list five things about a particular topic. For this week’s topic, she’s asking about five clichés that we find annoying. I find most clichés annoying, but here are five that I chose:

  • At the end of the day…. Means the same thing as another cliché: “When all is said and done.”
  • It’s a zero sum game. One person wins while another loses by an equal amount.
  • It’s a win-win situation. The opposite of zero sum game. Both people win.
  • It is what it is. Maybe the old fashioned way of saying “Whatever!”
  • You need to think outside of the box. The opposite of “Don’t color outside of the lines.”

I admit to having used all of these at one time or another and possibly multiple times. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Am I right?

By the way, if anyone finds “Whatever floats your boat” an annoying cliché, I won’t be offended that you find my overall philosophy of life annoying.

12 thoughts on “5 Things — Annoying Clichés

  1. Paula Light October 4, 2022 / 9:32 am

    Ooh yes… the “business” clichés. We are on the same page there!

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  2. Sadje October 4, 2022 / 9:36 am

    I think we all use it at one time or another

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  3. Lou Carreras October 4, 2022 / 10:11 am

    Oh! I could see a daily prompt in the offing…the cliche of the day…use this prompt in a poem or prose composition…


  4. Melanie B Cee October 4, 2022 / 2:03 pm

    Does that boat float up ‘the’ creek (you know the one 💩) without a paddle? If I were the paddle, I’d want hazard pay… 😆

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  5. Marleen October 4, 2022 / 8:53 pm

    The “end of the day” cliche often means pretty much the same thing as “when all is said and done” as you put it, but I recently saw it used in more of a sense of “we didn’t have our homework done on time.” (Or the dog ate my homework.) The cliche was useful to cover up the true meaning of incompetence or neglect or worse; particularly egregious when it isn’t homework anymore or even a final exam, but real life. As they put it — and here is a cliche I don’t like but find was surprisingly fitting for the situation — they weren’t ready for “prime time.” Yep… their data wasn’t prepared for hitting the news cycle so the public could be informed, because it wasn’t appropriate data for the current touted activity.

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  6. Nope, Not Pam October 5, 2022 / 4:09 am

    I used to say to the kids, only the end of the world is the end of the world, and your issue sure ain’t that. They hated me

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  7. Carol anne October 5, 2022 / 7:08 pm

    Lol. I’ve used most of these and I still do lol.

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    • Lolsy's Library October 6, 2022 / 5:19 am

      My Dad does say though “a tidy house is a happy house” Used to drive me nutty as a teenager, lol

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