A cliché is a group of words that have a special meaning, which paints a picture or conveys an idea. Some tend to think that they are overused, trite and irritating to say the least but I hardly think so. I grew up with them. My friends use them. They are used in commercials, songs and movies. I use them on occasion. My favourites include: Go figure, Live and let live, That's the way the cookie crumbles, What goes around comes around, When in Rome, do as the Romans do. So, what's the big deal? Perhaps, it's just a matter of opinion.
They can be useful in some situations as they can quickly convey an idea. I have taught my EFL students clichés when the occasion arises. It had begun to rain heavily, as it was the start of the rainy season. So, here was an opportunity to teach them the cliché: It's raining cats and dogs. Once, I kept dropping things in class and used the cliché, I'm all thumbs.
Although I wouldn't want my EFL students to use them all the time, clichés on occasion can be useful.
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