A thirsty Fox News correspondent reacted to the potential of another Hillary Clinton presidential run by declaring, “She won’t go away. She’s like herpes.”

Outrageous right? Yes, because comparing someone who just won’t go away to herpes is the most played out and lazy line imaginable.  I hate it. This correspondent was incapable of coming up with a more original analogy on the spot. Does she even know anyone with herpes? Do any of us?

It’s funny how many phrases we use that bring in irrelevant or dated imagery, like “finding a needle in a haystack.”  Do you have many friends who live near hay? Or “selling like hotcakes.” We call them idioms, and the best of them have stood the test of time. They’re harmless. 

But not these cliches below, they are what people who think they are funny rely on:

  • It’s like crack!
  • It’s (something) on steroids
  • Avoid it like the plague 
  • All that and a bag of chips – does anyone still say this?
  • I could tell you but I’d have to kill you
  • Makes me throw up in my mouth a bit
  • Nothing-burgers

What other bad phrases should be retired? I’ll be sure to revisit and add to this list as more of them come to me. 

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