I think people give clichés a hard time. Seriously, lighten up. We love to say, “Oh that’s such a cliché.” without realising that in complaining about clichés we are becoming the monster we bemoan.
But that’s not my point. My point is this:
Clichés are clichés for a reason.
Generally clichés have become clichés for one of two reasons; both are reason enough to stop giving them such a hard time.
Reason numero uno: Because they are true. Take the cliché that comes in the prompt. Is a bird in hand worth two in the bush? Well, yes. It’s great advice because it carries a weight of truth.
Raison d’être part de second: Over usage. Is this really a reason to run a cliché down? For starters, clichés that are over used tend to be overused because the work well. Aside from that, when can we really say too much is too much? Perhaps for someone it isn’t overused. Is it still a cliché for them?
So stop complaining about clichés, let them slide, perhaps learn from their ability to withstand the test of time.
People who use clichés on the other hand, now that’s a different story.