Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Cliché: where there's smoke there's fire

(Also: There’s no smoke without fire)

Meaning: find an effect and you’ll usually find its cause.
Rewrite 1: when I see
smoke, I know to look for fire
Rewrite 2: where there’s a
burnn1,2 there’s fire
Rewrite 3: where there’s water there’s often a
Rewrite 4: I don’t need to see
horizontal rain to know I’m in a hurricane
Rewrite 5: When things look
odd and I see smoke, I know mirrors must be nearby

Comment: I tried to vary both the effect and the cause to broaden the scope of this cliché. Rewrite 5 relates to a different use of the word "smoke," in this case we're talking about deception.

More reading about clichés
What I found when I
googled “clichés”:
Last Holiday: When Old Clichés: Work performance by Queen Latifah, a movie review.

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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