“Is that a banana in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”
At some point or another, every writer is advised to avoid clichés. Why? Because we’re told they make our work sound pedantic and/or banal. I’m not so sure that I agree. I happen to find clichés quite useful, which makes it rather tempting to lean on them when I want to prove a point. After all, it is universally agreed upon that a bird in the hand IS worth two in the bush. (If you don’t believe me, just pull down your pants and give a duck call; I’m sure you’d prefer to have Mr. Quackers eating out of your palm than pecking at your pubes any day.) And that’s precisely why clichés get passed around like a sorority girl at a toga party– they are proven truths. One might say they’re unavoidable. Especially when you are one.