Thursday, April 20, 2006

Cliché: if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

Meaning: if it’s too much for you, leave or quit. Origins.
Rewrite 1: if you can’t stand the heat,
douse the flame
Rewrite 2: if the handle’s too hot, let go of the
Rewrite 3: if you don’t like the smell, move to a different garden
Rewrite 4: most cooks who don’t like the taste use a different recipe

Comment: One way to rewrite or recast this metaphor is to stick to the senses. When even that fails to excite you, think of other extremes.

More reading about clichés
What I found when I
googled “clichés”:
Sarah’s Bookarama: “All of us who joined in this discussion had great fun satirising these cliches, but as with all satire, there is a serious, morally-improving lesson here…”

Note: By providing links to other websites I am only showing you what is out there about clichés – I am not endorsing any content or opinion expressed there.

Check out the searchable
alphabetical list of all my cliché rewrites available in the archive list at the right.

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