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"Not all of my cliches are original."

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Steve's Cliches (Classic)

Today everyone and his dog has a cliche site, but when I started mine back in 1995 at Duke University, it was the best on the web and one of about three in existence.  Go here to see what that site looked like.

Mixed Cliches

  • "You couldn't hit the broad side of a barn if it was staring you in the face."
  • "Never lick a gift horse in the mouth."
  • ...More

How It All Started

One might wonder what motivates a person to begin collecting cliches.  Well, it was 1993 and I was in my second year of physics graduate school.  That would explain everything--grad school makes you crazy--but there's a little more to the story.  I was reading a book called Maybe, Maybe Not, by the author of that tome of ancient wisdom, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulghum.  When suddenly ... (con't)

Henry Fielding in Tom Jones
"Here, Reader, we cannot omit an Opportunity of commending the vast Usefulness of that Learning, which is to be collected from those Funds of Knowledge, called PROVERBS: Being short Aphorisms, in which Men of Great Genius have rapt up some egregious Discovery, either in Nature or Science, making it thus easily portable for the Memory, which is apt to fail under the Burthen of voluminous Erudition."
Animal Cliches
dog - cat - mouse - rat - snake - horse - cow - pig - bird - monkey - bat - crocodile - frog - possum - boar - ape - mole - alligator - hen - hare - eel - duck - goat - beast - gander - elephant - mare - doe - puppy - squirrel - hog - ass - sardine - canary - leopard - bear - pet - skunk - sow - rabbit - flies - mice - chicken - fish - clam - worm - ant - lamb - bull - bee - flea - crow - goose

Food and Drink Cliches

apple - sugar - coffee - crackers - cob - drink - lemon - pea - water - egg - bone - pancake - turnip - clam - chicken - fish - cake - lamb - salt - butter - candy - honey - vinegar - potato - tea - salami - bacon - pie - bean - nut - lunch - donut - cherries - cookie - taco - molasses - milk - toast - bread - broth - cream - fruitcake - loaf - wheat - sauce - yeast - dough - oat - grape - orange - wine - chocolate - mustard - cucumber - cheese - banana - carrot - fries - peanut - corn


Money Cliches

money - dollar - wealthy - pound - penny - venture - check - silver - bank - gift - pay - bet - buck - free - account - gold - purse - price - silver - brass - coin - quarter - dime - nickel - dough - rob - buy - bought - cheap - luck


General Cliches

little - down - loud - uncle - china - block - feet - love - feather - sandwich - hair - empty - man - woman - evil - stone - pink - shotgun - medicine - light - ace - loud - fool - see - day - long - hat - bag - odd - wrong - right - deep - never - silent - born - door - burn - bury - busy - beat - cold - high - curse - cut - dawg - dance - bite - hold - back - rock - earth - drunk - dumb - fake - fast - fine - flat - free

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