Life Is Just One Big Cliché


Overused and overworked – that old standby, the cliché. Consider this one as the straw that broke the camel’s back, but if I hear ‘it is what it is’ one more time… What’s that supposed to be, sage advice? Enough is enough. We talk in sound bites, we text in sound bites. Our lives have become one bite sound bite and clichés reign. We pull out those old tried and true phrases far too often. It’s the easy way out. They’re dependable and we don’t have to think. Whether the sage is 16 or 60, cliches transcend generations. For journalists, colloquialisms, idioms, overused phrases do make writing more attention getting and lively. But they’re so overused.

There’s a cliché for every aspect of life. Too often we hear someone remark, all’s fair in love and war or misery loves company. How many times have you heard a supervisor or coworker declare, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” or “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” “It takes one to know one” is a quick comeback too often repeated. A cliche is really a synopsis of practical advice in fewer characters than Twitter tweets at 140. On physical attributes: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but then beauty is only skin deep. On organizational skills: Haste makes waste. Forgiveness: Let bygones be bygones.” Religion: Faith will move mountains and perhaps the most universal, the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Finance: Money makes the world go round, but then money is the root of all evil. Time is money; a fool and his money are easily parted. On winning: To the victor go the spoils. Romance: love is blind and you only hurt the one you love. I’m not sure where to categorize this one: Possession is nine tenths of the law, but hey, it’s not worth crying over spilt milk.

I guess, in the end, I won’t rock the boat, because if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Better late than never and there’s no such thing as a free lunch, because you never know what tomorrow will bring.


About Sherren Leigh

Sherren Leigh is president and founder of Today's Chicago Woman and Today's Chicago Woman Foundation. She muses about life - the good, the bad, the ugly - and anything else that's on her mind in “Girl Talk.” Sometimes funny, other times serious, she's always thought-provoking and often controversial.