Thursday, September 9, 2010

Decliché–ing the cliché

Wiki definition of a cliché: A cliché or cliche (pronounced klee-shay) is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect.

Which quotes or proverbs are the most used? The good ones, right. So in that regard, almost every good quote comes with a shelf life and is eventually frowned upon when it reaches its expiry date. Now, that doesn’t sound one bit fair to me. Why plays by Shakespeare, which have been adapted by theatre and films over the years, are still so popular and treated with such reverence? Looks like a case of double standards.

However, I do concede that listening to the same quotes over and over, in different circumstances, by different people can be bit of a pain. But if we need to replace these cliché’s, we must ensure that the new stock is as good or even better. They should express the same meaning with as much beauty as the so called “cliché’s”.

I was once told, “Never point out a problem, unless you have the solution to it”.

One common feature about a lot of these out-dated quotes is the simplicity of the words, but the meaning they convey is enormous. It is undoubtedly difficult to match up to those standards. So instead of coming up with new quotes all together, I decided to tweak the existing ones. By this, they no longer fit into the “definition” of a cliché and yet convey the same message. Since a lot of them were written a long time back, you might even be able to relate to them a tad better post modification.

These are a few I have come up with. You would notice a strong influence of technology in these “tweaked-up” quotes, since these are things I relate to best.

Honesty is the best policy, except on Facebook.

You can take the horse to the bar, but can’t get it wasted.

Don’t judge a person by their profile picture.

A well kept inbox is next to godliness.

A stitch in time can save you from a wardrobe malfunction.

As quick as a Buggati Veyron (267 m/h).

Better be safe than stalked.

The keyboard is mightier than a sword.

An idle mind is always on Facebook.

Two’s company, 3 is a community.

A MAC in hand is worth 2 PCs in a bush.

Never put off till tomorrow, what you can find on Google today (basically everything).

To err is to Windows 98, to forgive is to Windows 7.

The internet is always faster, on the other side.

Tweet and the whole world tweets with you, cry and you cry alone.

Fun right? Plus, it’s pretty simple. It took me less than 15 minutes to come up with these. Maybe you could do a lot better. I’d like to hear some from you.


Disclaimer: These are all original and written by moi. By a freak coincidence if you happen to read something similar, then HE/SHE stole it from me. Get it?


dharani Sridharan said...

haha good one ashish! creative! i like the mac in hand quote! :P

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Dharani: Thank you :D I guessed you would like that particular quote :P

Shilpa said...

Woho...i loved this one..:)

ABI said...

"You can take the horse to the bar, but can’t get it wasted." funny.. i kinda imagined it.. :P

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Shilpa-- Thank you :D

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Abi --- he he he must be :D

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Abi --- he he he must be :D

dharani Sridharan said...

haha good one ashish! creative! i like the mac in hand quote! :P

karthik s said...

amazing read :D

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Karthik --- thank you so much :)