“It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue.”

I woke up early today. It was and still is foggy. With the fog came dampness and a morning chill. My papers aren’t here yet, but I have my first cup of coffee. Physical therapy for my arm is at 9 so I set my alarm for 7:30, but I woke up early. I told Alexa to cancel the alarm. She didn’t answer. I tried again then checked the shelf. No Alexa. Then I remembered Alexa is downstairs, and I had set a real alarm clock. I walked over and turned it off.

Yesterday I took Henry for a ride. It took a bit to get him outside to the car as he was afraid. We drove around the block, and I stopped at a neighbor’s so she could meet Henry. He peed on the seat cover, but while I was stopped, he settled down. I decided my method would be to go around the block then park in front of the house so he can get used to being in the car. The worst of it was how much he pulled to get into the house. I nearly fell. He nearly choked because the leash was looped around his neck. He doesn’t have his harness on yet. He runs every time I try to put it on. You’d think I was beating him.

When my nephew was three years old, he used swears and used them correctly. I wondered about listening and learning. How many times did he have to hear the swears to know when and how to use them? I thought of that this morning when I used a cliche  (a difficult admittance). I tried to remember if my parents used them often enough for me to learn them. I figured they did.

I do use time cliches. I lost track of time is a big one. Just a matter of time is another. In a jif, a shortened jiffy, is one I like. I find jiffy a strange sounding word but somewhere along the line I heard it and figured out what it meant. I still don’t get as fit as a fiddle. I do get as old as the hills though I don’t know how old the hills actually are. Some cliches make no sense any more like another day another dollar.

A principal I once worked with was the best at his job but he was Mr. Cliche. I used to listen at meetings and keep track of what and how many he used. My paper usually filled.

My favorite misuse of a cliché was at an interview for a secretary’s job. The applicant was asked a question. Her answer started with, “You have hit the nose right on the head.”

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28 Comments on ““It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue.””

  1. Erin Apostolos Says:

    Harry hated the car. He got car sick from the time he was tiny. It took months for him to get use to it. I’d pick him up from daycare, he’d see the car and try to run back in. I thought that the daycare folks must have thought I was abusing him. Every other dog dove into their car when their parent arrived. I had to drag him in. He gets in the car now, but never with the enthusiasm Nixie and Fritz had. He weighs 85lbs but I have to hold him as he climbs in. I am reminded of Dumbo’s feather every time. I think it’s the bad memories of his sickness as a youth. I’m sure it’s the same with Henry. Car rides probably equate to abandonment for him.

    Though Harry isn’t the riding companion my other dogs were, once he’s in, he loves sticking his head out the window and smelling the smells. He is relaxed. With time, maybe he’ll dive in. Don’t worry, Kat. Henry will be there one day too.

    Harry sends kisses and hugs to Henry!
    Love,
    Erin

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Erin, now I have hope!

      Right now Henry is avoiding me. Every time I come into the room he checks my hand to make sure I have no leash.

      I also figured the car was a bad memory for him. Henry rode in a car then was dropped off somewhere else each time. He did start in Texas. I’m going to try him every couple of days as I don’t want him to be afraid of me.

      Henry thanks Harry!!

  2. Bob Says:

    I got up extra early this morning and got to work early. I woke up at 5:30 and I couldn’t see any reason to lay there an addional 30 minutes wide awake.

    The best thing about swear words is that in the moment they are the best word to use to express your pain or anger. We even have the ability to express what’s considered the worst one by displaying our middle finger. Although not a universal gesture it makes the person raising the finger feel much better. Unfortunately, former President Bush displayed the victory gesture incorrectly in Australia during a motorcade. His incorrect gesture in that culture is the same as displaying the middle finger here in the US. I hope future presidents are briefed on displaying gestures around the world. Trump probably is familiar with every obscene gesture imaginable. 🙂

    Cliches are wonderful because they provide easy shortcuts to critical thinking. In today’s headline driven world few people care about critical thinking. 🙂 Obviously this is true considering the choice voters made in the last Presidential election. 🙁

    Yet another hot sunny day with a high of only 96 degrees. We already hit 100 for the first time this year and over the weekend it should exceed that number.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      When I worked, I was always awake by 5:15 but now I seldom get up early. Today was an exception as I was up before the alarm. I was even up before the paper.

      When I travel, I am always careful to check the cultural differences because innocent gestures from here could be offensive somewhere else. I know in Ghana and in many Arabic countries the left hand is offensive. You don’t eat communal food with it or touch hands.

      I doubt Trump cares abut the sensitivities of other countries. He is offensive here where he knows what is inappropriate and doesn’t care.

      I don’t see where cliches are shortcuts to critical thinking. I find them overused like the pot calling the kettle black or the tip of the iceberg.

      We have had perfect weather for three days now.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Why not just go out to the car without going anywhere and sit in it for a while, perhaps You can bring a coffee for yourself and something chewy for Henry and when You both are done with that just walk in to the house again. That way he’ll get used to nothing bad happening when going to the car and it can even be nice since he gets something to chew on.

    Albin is like Albin is when it comes to the car, he runs inside but just a few minutes after we’ve started he gets bored and wants to go outside 🙂 🙂 He is never a quiet dog and is perhaps even worse in the car 🙂 🙂

    My boss always use clichés and his favorite one is: In the best of worlds. We all know that if he starts with that one the meeting will take hours 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I was planning to take him around the block then sit in the car out front for a while. I figured I’d bring my iPad. Coffee is a great idea and Henry loves his chews. You’re right-enough time in the car, and he mighty just forget his bad memories. He is getting a breather today.

      Gracie was wonderful in the car. She stood on the console and looked out the windshield. If it was a long ride, she’d sleep. When I’d get off the highway, she’d go back to looking out the front window.

      I guess a gift for public speaking is not a prerequisite for being the boss.

      Have a great day!!

  4. Hedley Says:

    The Gorillaz meet George Benson and Jack Black thinks he is George and The Now Now releases June 29 and the tour hits the TD garden in Boston but not Detroit, but now they are big enough to fill arenas instead of theaters (dang) and here comes the new video which I am sure im6 will love.

    • im6 Says:

      Hate the song *almost* as much as I abhor Jack Black. George Benson has been wasted. I’ve said it before, but I’m having a really hard time finding any new music I can tolerate. This certainly doesn’t help

      This is new, but then again it’s not… I was prepared to be completely underwhelmed and ready to deem it unnecessary (that may still be the case), but I am really pleased with this one. Wonder if they’ll be as successful with this sort of treatment for the other songs? Hope this gives you excitations.

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        I liked the song even though I too abhor Jack Black.

        It is unusual for me to listen to new music as my radio is on NPR or an oldies station. I’m perfectly content with The Beach Boys.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I, of course, had to look up The Gorillaz. I wondered about the combination of animation, real people and places and Jack Black.

      I like this song, and I enjoyed the video. Now I need to listen to more.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve never had a dog that wouldn’t ride in the car. If I said “go for a ride” Tegan would run outside and go right to the jeep.
    Rocky doesn’t like getting in the car because he thinks he can’t jump that high and doesn’t like being lifted. Once he’s in, though, he’s gung ho. He sits on the console and watches the world go by.
    Piki Dog does not like a moving car. He’s very happy to get in it but he doesn’t like riding. He hunches down underneath Rocky and stares into the cup holder. He used to whine and pant but he’s much better now.
    One out three isn’t bad odds, though.
    Keep working on Henry in a slow and gentle manner. It’ll improve as he gets more secure.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I don’t know his background, but I do know he has been in 3 or 4 places so maybe he is afraid I’m dropping him somewhere.

      I am going slowly with him. I’ll try again tomorrow. We’ll sit for a while in the car until he gets comfortable. Gracie loved riding so I’m hoping in time Henry will too.

      Today I found a tick on him. He was unhappy enough when I took it off that he stay away from me for a while.

      Have a great evening!!

      • Caryn Says:

        I found a tick on Piki Dog the other day. I pulled it off. From the shrieks you would have thought I’d stabbed him multiple times. If peanut butter is not involved, everything is extreme torture. 😀

      • katry Says:

        Piki Dog and Henry are similar in many ways. After the tick, he crouched when I got near him as if he was going to be beaten.

  6. William Sandford Says:

    Forewarned is forearmed!

    I still don’t know about this one: “Right from the gitgo” (or is it get go?).
    I mowed Marty’s lawn today for the very last time in my life. I used to mow it sometime for Peg’s mom.Only 3 hours. The closing is next week.😂

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      That’s funny because I used that this morning when I was in PT. When I was a kid, I wondered about 4 arms.

      I hope you celebrated the last mowing. That seems some sort of a milestone.

      All of the house business once it was for sale went quickly. That is one worry gone.

      • William Sandford Says:

        When I finished and got home, it was a 2-Heineken night!
        The second floor is completely empty. There are some miscellaneous items left in the kitchen and basement. A few more deliveries to Goodwill and ReStore, and it will be a 3-Heineken night!!!

      • katry Says:

        Bill,
        I’d call a 3 Heineken night a total success!

        I’m glad you celebrated the last lawn.

        That is one big house nearly empty. Celebrate! Celebrate!

  7. Spaceman Says:

    In the South, speaking in “sayings” rather than cliches is common and is considered perfectly acceptable conversation or even polite. It might be like that everywhere. Here’s a couple. To be said only when it is actually raining. “Looks like it might rain”. Response “If it keeps on clouding up, it might”. Or “How are you?. Response “Finer than frog hair”. There are hundreds if not thousands. Catch you on the flip flop.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      Looks like it might rain must be a universal here but used differently elsewhere. I used it longingly and maybe a bit sarcastically in Ghana during the dry season. It would be months until the rain.

      Finer than frog hair is totally new to me. I know on the flip side which is seemingly the same as on the flip flop.

      I don’t know phrases particular to New England though I know words like bubbler, packie, jimmies and mud season.

  8. katry Says:

    Spaceman,
    Some of these are universal and others I’ve never heard before this. A few gave me a chuckle. It was such a weird combination of good manners and bad language.

    • Spaceman Says:

      They would never talk that way in mixed company, so I have to plead ignorance on how much they actually might curse. The rest (good manners,etc.) is exaggerated for vid comedy – but not by that much. Ha!

      • katry Says:

        I don’t ever hear the yes, ma’am here which is too bad. I do hear the sh%t. It is common everywhere!

      • Spaceman Says:

        Ma’am and sir are quite common here. And expected to be used when addressing adults and always when addressing someone older than you are. Considered respectful and courteous. Don’t know if teachers still insist on it. I’m sure you corrected your students double quick.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I expected respect all the time, and students obliged. I remember students sent to my office for poor behavior, and they complained and said they wouldn’t respect the teacher because the teacher didn’t respect the student. I was happy to give lessons on respect.


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