In a perfect world, the uttering of tired cliches would be punishable by imprisonment. This will never happen, and at the end of the day, perhaps something not so severe should be imposed. That said, if I never hear the two above cliches again, it will be too soon.
The oft mangled “I could care less” OTOH " I couldn’t care less is ok.
Maybe it’s all for the best–rarely is.
Maybe it’s better this way–see above.
Look at the bright side–there is rarely one.
I think they are OK for a >insert racial slur here<
And finally I know it’s more of a catch phrase than a cliche–All your base be…Ow who threw that?. Never mind.
whenever I meet someone, they say “Pamela Anderson right?” Right, I look just like her. It was cute the first 500 times or so. Now it’s just old. Just because my name is Pamela also, it doesn’t mean I’m the Baywatch queen. I had my name long before she had her implants.
Musical cliches. You know the ones–Beethoven’s 5th is an example. Any type of great music that’s used over and over again in movies, cartoons, commercials (those are the WORST), etc. It makes me wince just hearing a great classical piece (or even vocal music like Oldies, Beatles songs, or music from the 70’s–as 80’s kids are growing up, you’ll see more 80’s songs out there, as well) being abused by advertising for antacids.
Anytime some new bill is introduced or some new law is recommended that is suppose to make our lives safer there is someone that will say “If it saves just one life …”. Just where would civilization be if it adopted just some of the things that would save just one life? Are there really people out there that think that can live in a risk free world?
The phrase I’m sickest of, and this is one that is used a lot on the SDMB, is (usually in reference to a movie) “that’s two hours of my life I’ll never have back” (or the equivalent). So? What two hours of your life can you have back?
I realize it’s somewhat not in the spirit of this thread, but I think I can explain this one. It just means that you can’t keep your cake and eat it too. Like, it’s great to have cake, and it’s great to eat cake, but you can’t do both. Once you eat the cake, it’s gone, so you no longer have any cake. Hence, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
That having been said, I think it’s a lame and overused cliche. I also HAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE the expression “on your plate”. As in, “So Jan, what’s on your plate this week? Think you can squeeze in some proofreading?”