We all use them.  Some of us use them while we despise them.  Sometimes it is all we have left to say.  I am talking about clichés, I think vs were invented to fill in the gap of conversation or to end a conversation when we have nothing left to say.  Here are the top 10 worst clichés.



a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.

It's always in the last place you looked.

Well duh!  Do you think I'm going to continue looking for it after I found it.  Yet, we all use it.

Fit as a Fiddle

Really when was the last time you saw a fiddle with six pack abs?

Think Outside the Box

You will definitely hear this in a business meeting.  People use it when they cannot seem to find anymore creative ideas.  This phrase pretty much means, "You have not come up with any interesting ideas that have worked for us, so I'm going to use this phrase to tell you in a polite way your ideas are boring and useless and you need better ones."

A Necessary Evil

Evil is never necessary.  This is a cliché that was created to take the guilt off a person who had to do something they didn't really want to do, and it was something that hurt another person.

We're not laughing at you we're laughing with you

Or course you are laughing at me, do you see me laughing.  I just did something really stupid and now you are feeling guilty about laughing at me,.  So don't tell me you are laughing with me.

He just threw me under the bus

Do you see an actual bus barreling through the office and someone picking you up and tossing you under the wheels.  It's just a graphic way of saying, that someone just blamed you for something they did or didn't do.  Every time I hear or have used this phrase I literally picture someone being picked up like a duffel bag and tossed under the wheels of a bus. Its not a good thing.

Same Stuff Different Day (SSDD)

I am the worst about using this cliché.  I usually use it when someone asks me how my day is going, I break out the SSDD, because I really don't want to talk about my day   there is usually something happening that I am not enjoying or something is really ticking me off.   An answer must be given, because it is rude not to answer a question, and this answer cliche is what I give them.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel.

There's a light at the beginning of the tunnel as well, however, the light at the end of the tunnel is probably a train heading my direction and that usually is a bad thing.

It's not you, it's me

Worst cop out ever!  I really don't like you but I don't want to hurt your feelings so I will make you think that it is my fault and not yours, when I really do think it is you.


It Is What It Is

This is my favorite yet most hated cliché.  I use it all the time.  I cannot stand it.  I usually use it when there is nothing you can do or say, you have no other options and you have to just accept what ever it is...hence the cliché