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Cliches Game
« on: February 06, 2019, 06:08:48 PM »
Because I'm such a sad individual, I thought this would make an interesting thread - if nothing else but to show just how many clichéd sayings exist. Thread also includes idioms, which aren't necessarily clichés. Basically sayings like 'beat around/about the bush' and 'wild horses couldn't drag me away'. If you want to be extra clever you can tell us what it means and where the saying came from. Or don't - that's fine, too. :lol

Idioms, clichéd sayings, etc. allowed from other countries, too, as long as you give a translation!  :buttercup

So the game as it stands from November 2019 is:

Somebody starts off a cliche/idiom/phrase/etc. and the next person finishes it. Then they can say what it means if they wish, OR the other person can describe the cliche first as a clue if they know it will be a trickier saying. (Some sayings are longer than we realise, such as, as mentioned below, 'happy as a clam' actually extends to a fuller saying which makes far more sense!

For example, I started:

'Out of sight...'

and the following person, Lilfour, has answered:

'...Out of mind!

If you can't see something or someone, it is / they are easily forgotten.'

And then this person can do the next saying that the following person will finish.


Hope this will have success now as a clearer game! :D
« Last Edit: November 23, 2019, 07:04:46 PM by MeadowRabbit »
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Re: The Cliches Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2019, 04:36:46 PM »
Here's a famous cliched saying: You'll never get away with this!
To accompany that, the antagonist/villain almost always replies back: Oh, but I already have!

These two lines may come in varied forms, but the meaning is literally the same.
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Re: The Cliches Thread
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2019, 04:07:42 PM »
Aw, bless you for bringing a bit of life to this thread...  :pipkin2


'A stitch in time saves nine'



One of those which has a less clear meaning (at least to me).

Seriously, you can just write a saying in this thread and no more - it's as simple as that. :D

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Re: The Cliches Thread
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2019, 04:22:17 PM »
Happy as a clam!

I always wondered why clams were happy, but it turns out that the second half of this saying is usually dropped off.  The full metaphor is "Happy as a clam at high tide"

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Re: The Cliches Thread
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2019, 05:39:00 PM »
^ I didn't know that. Interesting!

(Now I'm thinking I might alter the thread a bit because I think with the bit of explanation it's not so much a game now, but a rather interesting discussion on sayings which could be even more factual. Will speak to Chipster.)

And I say...

'In the limelight' - which we all know means to be the centre of attention, and this originates from a mineral lime actually being used to heat up and provide a bright light for the stage at the theatre in the 1800s. I had to look it up to check the detail, however I had heard this explanation before!
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Re: The Cliches Thread
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2019, 07:43:24 PM »
We could morph it into a game!  Every time we share a cliche, you can follow it with the real history, as well as a history that you make up, and others have to guess which is real.

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Re: The Cliches Thread
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2019, 11:14:05 PM »
^^(ex. for above)

1. Comes from a common expression used by superstitious actors, who believe that wishing someone well will be a bad omen.

2. Comes from a practice dating back to ancient times where an unwilling victim could get out of human sacrifice by breaking their own leg, because of the widespread belief that an offering had to be unblemished.
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Re: The Cliches Thread
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2019, 07:08:25 PM »
Going to go with 1. :P

Thanks for that suggestion! I've been thinking about this thread again, and wondered whether people could either do that option, or if they're a bit lazy like me in coming up with imaginative meanings for these sayings :p, the person could start a cliche/idiom/etc. and the next person finishes it. The person could also briefly say what it means. Some will end up being harder than others, so perhaps the saying what it means could be a clue in some cases.

Let's see if I can get somewhere with this and I will edit the first thread accordingly. This one doesn't really need any starting explanation:

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Re: The Cliches Thread
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2019, 06:36:48 PM »
Going to go with 1. :P

Thanks for that suggestion! I've been thinking about this thread again, and wondered whether people could either do that option, or if they're a bit lazy like me in coming up with imaginative meanings for these sayings :p, the person could start a cliche/idiom/etc. and the next person finishes it. The person could also briefly say what it means. Some will end up being harder than others, so perhaps the saying what it means could be a clue in some cases.

Let's see if I can get somewhere with this and I will edit the first thread accordingly. This one doesn't really need any starting explanation:

Out of sight...

...Out of mind!

If you can't see something or someone, it is / they are easily forgotten.

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Re: Cliches Game
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2019, 03:52:08 AM »
^^Hence the reason why I have to use that "View Recent Posts" to keep track of anything  :D

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Re: Cliches Game
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2019, 06:01:58 PM »
... teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime. (Had to check on the exact wording!)

Basically it is about becoming self-sufficient.

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Re: Cliches Game
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2019, 06:32:04 PM »
...but you can't make him drink!

You can set someone up for success, but ultimately they have to perform themselves.

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Re: Cliches Game
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2019, 01:55:46 AM »
(I don't know this expression, but what if Kehaar randomly decided to perch in someone's hand :kehaar)
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