Meaning: I’m not naïve or stupid. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: I didn’t leave my brain at home
Rewrite 2: I’m not fresh out of hick high school
Rewrite 3: I didn’t just graduate from kindergarten
Rewrite 4: I did pass15 the class in simple smarts
Rewrite 5: I’m not a Little Red Riding Hood in the forest
Comment: The tendency is to comment on education versus smarts, but both apply to this cliché, as do comments on naiveté, innocence, and provincialism.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Monterey Aquarium Clichés: “This is a group for pictures of the Monterey Aquarium jellyfish and circular anchovy displays.”
Check out the new alphabetical list of all my cliché rewrites available in the archive list at the right. To search the page using Internet Explorer, just go to “Edit” in the top menu bar, select “Find”, then enter the cliché or a word from it.