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Why I Want To Be In New York

Jenna Amatulli | Posted 07.15.2014 | New York
Jenna Amatulli

I want to be in New York because it is a city of brilliance. The city is bursting with inimitable musicians and engineers and journalists and politicians who defy all preconceived notions of what it means to be "intelligent."

How My Mother-In-Law Showed Me The Truth In Parenting Clichés

Jen Simon | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Jen Simon

It took me a while to understand Rita's parenting style, and even longer to appreciate it. But now, I like to think about her style as an important balance to my mother's - a ying to her yang, if you will.

22 Common Phrases We All Secretly Hate

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books

What makes a phrase cringe-worthy? We asked HuffPost editors which sayings bother them the most, and found that the common thread among the respons...

These 10 Office Phrases Need To Die A Swift Death

CNBC | Daniel Bukszpan | Posted 04.08.2014 | Small Business

CNBC: Every office worker knows at least one bit of clichéd business-speak that they would be happy to never hear again. These include "think outs...

Getting Older, Not Always Gracefully

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 05.21.2014 | Divorce
Lionel Rolfe

Getting older was supposed to be easier than this -- more like a wonderful long vacation. But of course it hasn't been that way. My wife left me just ...

21 Bad Cliches That Just Make You Sound Old

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty

When it comes to language, clichés are almost never a good idea. Not only do they indicate laziness, but they are rarely used correctly. Even worse, ...

Jason Linkins

Cliche Watch: Hacks To Crack About Cracks In The Dome

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

The Architect of the Capitol is undertaking a "multi-phased" project geared to restoring the structural integrity of the U.S. Capitol dome, one of Was...

These 9 Cliches May Sum Up Everything You Need To Know About Life

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.04.2013 | Healthy Living

Universally feared and loathed by any writer who's taken a Fiction 101 class, cliches are, by definition, phrases so overused that they've become virt...

13 Clichés You Shouldn't Be Caught Dead Using

Posted 08.30.2013 | Books

Clichés are the worst. Aside from being indicative of lazy speaking and lazy writing, they are rarely used correctly, and even when they are, they ra...

Tourist Cliches You Should Leave Home

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 06.21.2013 | Travel

Being a tourist is an innately clichéd experience -- you roam around a foreign city, toting a giant camera, posing for awkward photos and wearing one...

A Bold New Way To Say No to Cliche

Michael Sigman | Posted 08.18.2013 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

Sixty-seven years ago, George Orwell observed that "[Political] prose consists more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabr...

What Do the Old Have to Say to the Young?

Gordon Livingston, M.D. | Posted 08.10.2013 | College
Gordon Livingston, M.D.

We have endured another graduation season full of the usual forgettable commencement speeches. It amazes me, as it does each year, how powerful is the...

If Movies Were Honest About High School Parties

Posted 03.07.2013 | Comedy

Let's face it: Nothing is as glamorous in real life as it is in Hollywood, especially in the most unglamorous period of life, high school. Woodhead En...

The Most Overused TV Cliche?

Posted 02.21.2013 | Comedy

"I've got it! If the characters say 'this isn't a TV show,' it'll be both clever and ironic! Because it is a TV show!" Countless TV writers have un...

"What's the Bad Word?"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 03.24.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I know cliches like the back of my hand and I've always thought that people should avoid them like the plague.

You're Just Like a Million Others, Snowflake

Brad Bell | Posted 02.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Brad Bell

Husbands embraces clichés, stereotypes and tropes to make a point: Most old ideas are only as meaningless or as negative as their context. Few of these notions are intrinsically detrimental, as the judgements we attach to them exist only in our minds.

WATCH: Crashing Through Class Movie Compilation

Posted 11.12.2012 | Comedy

Sometimes in the movies, people crash through glass, because movies are reflective of real life and people smash through glass in real life all the da...

Beware of Things on Which We All Agree

Gordon Livingston, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Gordon Livingston, M.D.

In our daily lives we are confronted by what might be termed "the conventional wisdom," things we are taught from an early age and have heard repeated so often that we assume they must be true.

Taking Things With A Grain Of Salt And Other Food Clichés

Menuism | Posted 11.13.2012 | Taste
Menuism

Even when we're not talking about food, we're often talking about food. Food is so engrained in our everyday vernacular that we barely notice it. But where do these food clichés and food-related idioms come from?

Oliver Noble

The Most Adorable Movie Cliché Ever?

HuffingtonPost.com | Oliver Noble | Posted 09.13.2012 | Comedy

Is there a movie cliché in the annals of cinema that is more enjoyable than “animal covers eyes”? No, there is not. The true measure of the t...

The Dial-in Conversation: When Auto-Responders Meet

Nancy Colier | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

At a certain age, does everyone feel like they have had every conversation they are ever going to have -- that every conversation (other than those with intimates) is pre-packaged, as if chosen from a sampler menu on an airplane playlist?

The Mortifying Way One Man's Proposal Was Rejected

Andrew Conroy | Posted 09.12.2012 | Weddings
Andrew Conroy

We've all seen it -- a young couple out for dinner at a nice restaurant, the very pinnacle of overused clichés to avoid when asking for a woman's hand in marriage.

10 Cliches Christians Should Avoid

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.06.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We Christians have a remarkable talent for sticking our feet in our mouths. When searching the words most commonly associated with "Christian," the list ain't pretty.

Kids Fill In The Blanks ... With Hilarious Results

Ellen Seidman | Posted 08.25.2012 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Ever have to stifle laughter around your kid because you know you shouldn't be cracking up over something they've done but it's beyond funny?

'Don't Trust The B In Apartment 23' And 'Girls' Make Me Realize My Life Is A TV Cliché

Alexandra Gekas | Posted 06.12.2012 | Women
Alexandra Gekas

Young post-college women come to New York City to live the "dream," only to find out it's more of a pizza-and-scuzzy-guy-filled nightmare of long subway rides to low-paying (or no-paying) jobs.