Clichés to Put in the Rearview Mirror

“Saint Francis Racking His Brain for an Original Expression.” (After Guido Reni.) Oil on canvas, 11×14 in. (JMN 2023).

A blockbuster list of hackneyed phrases has been amassed by Michael Massing (“Tip of the Iceberg,” New York Times, 4-27-23). Kick the tires on this bad boy, dear reader. It will make you realize no one is singing a new tune. The first cliché is ramped up. Every twentieth one after that yields the following sublist:

grease the wheel
lick one’s wounds
in the DNA of
in the rearview mirror
singing a new tune
the arc of history
kick the tires
at the drop of a hat

At the end of the day it is what it is, or something.

(c) 2023 JMN — EthicalDative. All rights reserved

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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5 Responses to Clichés to Put in the Rearview Mirror

  1. … you’re not wrong Jim! (and I really like your painting and its title!)

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  2. JosieHolford says:

    Reminds me of @managerspeak whose Twitter bio reads; Giving 110%, proactively and passionately. At the end of the day low hanging fruit is in my DNA going forward. Manager at Doldrum Windfarms Plc. Who / whom.

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