I had to think about this one for a bit. I started by looking up the definition on Google. Basically, a cliche is a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.
The first few that came to mind were:
- Blondes have more fun
- At the speed of light
- Waking up on the wrong side of the bed
- Better safe than sorry
- Absence makes the heart grow fonder
- Actions speak louder than words
- Any friend or yours is a friend of mine
- Do you think I’m made of money
- Don’t beat around the bush
- When life gives you lemons make lemonade
However, my fiance said a lot of cliches are more of an aphorism. I had no idea what that meant so I Googled the definition. An aphorism is a short phrase that expresses a true or wise idea. An example would be if it ain’t broke don’t fix it or all dogs go to heaven.
The above sayings I believe are a bit of cliches and aphorisms. Now as the title says, “Challenge the cliches.” I think I am going to choose just one and write about it.
The cliche I decided to write about was number 6, “Actions speak louder than words.” I think this can relate to all of us as bloggers, especially myself. I have been notorious for saying I’m going to do something then not do it. I also think this speaks to me when it comes to friendships. I have lost many friends that I thought were friends but in the end were not. Talking about friendships, if you’re going to do something that is lacking or bugging your friend and you said you would change it, then as they say, actions speak louder than words. This saying can relate to parenting, relationships, and even my health.
Using this cliche as an example in my health is at my appointment the doctor asks me to start taking this medicine to say help my nutrition levels. When I show up for the next visit my doctor tells me that my levels are still low and I admit that I haven’t been taking the medicine but I promise I will start taking my health more serious and take the medicine. I start taking the medicine as prescribed and by the third visit the doctor comes in saying my nutrition levels are better and my health is looking better. After all is said and done, actions did speak louder than words!
Are there any cliches that you think people use way too much? If you could choose a cliche which one would you choose and why? I am hoping to get some great comments on this. Thank you for reading as always!!!