Sunday, March 27, 2011

The proverbial proverb

If you use a cliche, putting "proverbial" in front of it does NOT make it fresh.

I've seen this several times lately, and it never gets new:

So John put the proverbial cart before the horse.

You hit the proverbial nail on the head that time!

Keep it up, and I'll hit the proverbial ceiling.

Alicia

4 comments:

Sylvia said...

OK, this made me laugh so loudly, I had to tell the people in my office what was funny.

It should have been labelled NSWF!

Whirlochre said...

I'm tempted to say — aha, the proverbial proverbial proverb.

But that would clearly mark me out as some sort of idiot...

Edittorrent said...

Now, now, Whirlochre, putting "proverbial" in front of anything makes you postmodern! So go for it!
Alicia

Anonymous said...

I have a random question--if you've answered it, please let me know and sorry for the trouble.

Where do you come down on the whole "as though..." was/were thing? As though she were the adult here, as though she was the adult. If I were sick, if I was sick. I see was a lot in books--is that acceptable?