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Have a nice cliche day

Updated on November 9, 2011

Every dog has its day, so why shouldn't cliches have one, too? November 3rd is Cliche Day, a day to trot out those tried and true phrases. There's no time like the present to get people's goat by jumping in with both feet and leaving no stone unturned when it comes to spouting off cliches. cat got yuor tongue? Here are a few well worn sayings and their origins.

Can't hold a candle to

In the days before electricity, a menial household task was holding a candle while a more capable person did the work.

Easy as pie

Pie isn't a piece of cake to make, but it's easy to eat. In 19th century literature, the word "pie" connoted "pleasant" in phrases such as "polite as pie."

Cut and dried

This phrase, which means clear and simple, refers to wood being cut and thouroughly dried before using it in a fire.

Greek to me

This saying comes from the Latin proverb "Graecum est; non legitur," which translates to, "It is Greek; therefore it cannot be read."

Fifteen minutes of fame

In the 1960', pop artist Andy Warhol said, "In the future, everyoe will be famous for 15 minutes." Considering the current fascination with celebrity culture and reality TV, Warhol's words were prophetic.


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    Ima Jirk 5 years ago

    Re "Pie": A "Pie in the Face," isn't polite, but it sure is funny!

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