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  • You have to take it one cliché at a time because there are no easy clichés in this language. A cliché is a cliché is a cliché and you’ve got to give 110 clichés coz the team that scores the most clichés wins.


  • Lovely piece. I particularly like your definition of “at the end of the day”.

    I enjoy sports clichés passing into everyday language. I imagine more people throw in the towel, or toe the line (debatable, that one, I know!), than are interested in boxing.

    When I moved to France a few years ago, I desperately needed to colloquialize my book-learned French. It became far easier when I discovered French sports commentators and players used many of the same clichés, and at least as often, as anglophone ones. My time in France was, in a very real sense, and thanks to the team, a game of two halves.

  • Oisín: That gave me a good giggle. Thank you. I used to avoid clichés like the plague, but you can’t win ’em all.

    Pip: Thank you for the generous words, and the boxing examples. Another one I hear regularly, from the debate-as-fighting metaphor, is that someone (generally male) “doesn’t pull his punches”. Your story from France is a charming one, and a great demonstration of the practical utility of clichés; I expect you enjoyed the second half far more than the first.