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Cliché


These were the top ten clichés used by members of LinkedIn on their profiles:

  • Extensive experience
  • Innovative
  • Motivated
  • Results-oriented
  • Dynamic
  • Proven track record
  • Team player
  • Fast-paced
  • Problem solver
  • Entrepreneurial

Europeans tend to be innovative and the British tend to be motivated. There is an option on Word press to get rid of clichés in blogs. So what is so bad about these clichés? They appear to be slightly nonsensical and also a little boring. What does dynamic mean; changing when necessary? We can all adjust to the situation, I would have thought. Clichés affect our lives in many ways, the buzz words seem to stem from government departments and human resource departments. Human resources is a buzz term; it’s insulting to human intelligence and denigrates us all to a level where all we are good for is ‘flipping burgers’ and asking “Do you want fries with that?”. I think if anyone ever uses that cliché on me or “have a nice day” for that matter; I will probably pick up the nearest item of cutlery and hack them to death…

  • The cliché phrase

    “Have a nice day” and “do you want fries with that” are cliché phrases trotted out and always insincere. I admit the latter one in the right context is acceptable; it’s a little like someone asking “salt and vinegar?” in a British fish and chip shop. It can be a perfectly reasonable question. The question we must ask ourselves about clichés is; are they insincere or boring? 

    The cliché fashion item

    Can a fashion item be a cliché? It can if everyone else is wearing it and it’s bling! Designer stubble is a cliché. How about blond hair? Nearly, but not quite… Denim jeans aren’t a cliché; I wear them!  Anything to do with Lady Gaga – cliché. If you have other examples – please comment.

    Behaviour – are you a cliché?

    Behaviour in a behavioural psychology sense can be a cliché. Following the crowd like a dumb sheep; drinking energy drinks, Alco pops and the latest urine flavoured lager… I think even food can be a cliché. The one that springs to mind is after dinner mints for some bizarre reason. Cars can definitely be clichés. Every car ever driven by Jeremy Clarkson is a cliché…

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    I’ve been looking forward to writing something about Jeremy Clarkson for such a long time…

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    Even a job title can be cliché, if its seen to be trendy. Even trends are clichés, especially on Twitter. Incidentally you can Tweet my blog now to all your friends; that isn’t a cliché and there is a share button!

    Acronyms are usually clichés, especially overused ones. Please comment if you can think of an overused acronym that has been made into a cliché. This is a ‘call to action’ (overused, clichéd and hackneyed phrase).

    Anyway, thank you for sharing, have a nice day; it was good to talk, even if it was one sided; hence the ‘call to action’; so feel free to comment…

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6 responses

  1. Hi Mike, If you ever visit the US, you will be warmly welcomed (we love the English here!), but stay away from the cutlery because you will hear, “Have a nice day!” repeatedly throughout the day. It may not be possible to have a nice day in the US without someone wishing it upon you. I wouldn’t know, because I don’t think I’ve gone an entire day in the US without hearing, “Have a nice day.”

    I’m not sure whether it’s cliche or mandatory here.

    Have a nice day! 🙂

    2, June 2011 at 9:44 pm

  2. Hi Carolyn,

    I have some US journalists following me Twitter and so maybe my humour appeals! I was pleased with my blog about ‘exploding alarm clock and killer cucumbers’ though. That was hot news when I posted it; being over 5 hours ahead of the US and posting early was a good idea!

    My window cleaner says something like ‘have a nice day’ – but less clichéd…

    Everyone will wonder now how I got that accent in cliché!

    2, June 2011 at 10:58 pm

  3. bren

    ee mike, u r having a right rant.
    I thought ‘would you like fries with that’ was the new mantra of those with a first class honours in media studies!
    Leave the poor devils alone.

    What you should be doing is having a go at Americanisms, like ‘This one time’

    Some Americanisms,after a while, dont seem bad, for instance ’24/7′ which replaces the much longer brit 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    But we had the lovely ‘Once’
    which is now becoming ‘this one time’.
    Someone even said it on R4 the other day….

    3, June 2011 at 7:52 am

  4. I don’t mind 24/7; I hate gotten! lol

    3, June 2011 at 10:03 am

  5. Urine flavored lager… that’s a cliche I never want to try. Have a nice day. 🙂

    3, June 2011 at 7:24 pm

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