How well do you know your clichés?
When we think of clichés, we often think of a phrase that is trite and hackneyed, a person who stereotypically conforms to social constructs and labels, or something that is predictable and lacks ingenuity. The word cliché is of French origin, and originally meant a stereotype block bearing text that was used to produce multiple printed copies. From this meaning arose the idea of an invariable and reusable expression.
Author Orin Hargraves’s research in his book It’s Been Said Before: A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Clichés has identified hundreds of phrases that are frequently used—and overused—in the English language. Whether they make you roll your eyes or not, see if you can identify the implied meaning of the clichés; this quiz could be a walk in the park for some, and others may find themselves between a rock and a hard place!