Cliche Rotation Project, Round II

The second round of the Cliche Rotation Project is complete. (For details on the CRP, see

A big thanks to everyone who contributed. Here are some of the best I received.

Old Cliche Replacement Contributor Note
Seeing the world through rose colored glasses Reporting from the Green Zone Brett  
Sweep it under the rug Clear the cache Ryan Murphy  
Timing is everything Timing is the difference between salad and garbage Anonymous  
Not the sharpest crayon in the box Not the brightest LED in the house mantaworks Fully y3k-compliant.
Sometimes, you just have to roll with the punches. Sometimes you just have to park your car beneath a bird Dave  
Rain on your parade. Stick a boot on your wheel. JMT  
The grass is always greener on the other side of the street The line is always shorter at the Starbucks up the street Penni Prominski  
It’s not rocket science It’s not Advanced Squad Leader zosa This is in reference to the infamously complex wargame ASL. Typical rule:

2.2401 GUN DUELS: Vs a non-concealed, non-Aerial DEFENDER's declared Defensive First Fire attack on it, a vehicle may attempt to Bounding First Fire (D3.3) its MA (/other-FP, including Passenger FP/SW) at that DEFENDER first, provided the vehicle need not change CA, is not conducting OVR (D7.1), its total Gun Duel DRM (i.e., its total Firer-Based [5.] and Acquisition [6.5] TH DRM for its potential shot) is < that of the DEFENDER, and the DEFENDER's attack is not Reaction Fire (D7.2). Neither the +1 DRM for a Gyrostabilizer nor the doubling of the lower dr for other ordnance in TH Case C4 (5.35) is included in the Gun Duel DRM calculation. The order of fire for non-ordnance/SW is determined as if it were ordnance [EXC: TH Case A can apply only if this unit/weapon is mounted-on/aboard a vehicle that is changing CA; all such non-turret-mounted fire is considered NT for purposes of TH Case C, and; A.5 applies to any type of FG]. If the ATTACKER's and DEFENDER's total Gun Duel DRM are equal, the lower Final TH (or non-ordnance IFT) DR fires first - and voids the opponent's return shot by eliminating, breaking, stunning, or shocking it. If those two Final DR are equal, both shots are resolved simultaneously. Any CA change the DEFENDER requires in order to shoot (5.11) is made before the ATTACKER's shot if the DEFENDER's total Gun Duel DRM <= the ATTACKER's; otherwise its CA changes (if still able to) after the ATTACKER's shot. After the initial Gun Duel had been fully resolved, and if otherwise able and allowed to, that DEFENDER may announce another attack vs that ATTACKER who in turn may declare another Gun Duel; this time the printed ROF of one firing weapon on each side may be included as a -DRM in that side's Gun Duel DRM calculation. Only the ATTACKER may declare a Gun Duel [EXC: not if the DEFENDER has done so per 5.33].

Hit me with your best shot Shock & awe me aaron c  
Dumb as a post Dumber than shoes Megan Coughlin  
A watched pot never boils A watched microwave never pings Suezboo  
All the tea in China All the porn on the internet Danny D and the Defects  
Busier than a one-armed paperhanger Busier than a sailor on shore leave RustyBadger self-explanatory, I think!
A stitch in time saves nine. Enable Autosave! Carmen  
No shit, sherlock. Does a one-legged duck swim in a circle? Anonymous  
Kill two birds with one stone Steal two elections with one candidate Pete Stine oh, you KNOW who I mean.
Gone without a trace Gone 404. Ryan  
Stuck out like a sore thumb Stood out like a miniskirt in a monastery Lung the Younger  
Like a knife through butter Like a chainsaw through cheesecake Lung the Younger  
keep your eye on the ball Track it like NORAD Michael  
Nice guys finish last James Dean died young Ben Ide  
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Always the fluffer, never the porn star. Richard From my wife while trying to fluff a houseplant back into shape after a disastrous repotting.
Forgive and forget Flag and move on Cior  
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth Born with a venture capitalist in the family Cior  
As slow as molasses. Like Baldwin posting a Cliche Rotation Project update. Bill Braine Molasses flows very slowly because of its inordinately high viscosity. The very slow pace of this flow is reminiscent of the pace at which Matthew Baldwin, author of the popular blog "Defective Yeti" posts updates to his Cliche Rotation Project series of entries. Thus replacing the old standard simile "as slow as molasses" (used to describe the pace of change in a very slow process or the pace of physical movement of a particularly slow object or individual) with "like Baldwin posting a Cliche Rotation Project update" presents the listener/reader with a cognitively appropriate and mildly amusing (because of the tiny effort/reward of decoding the dynamic) new simile, perfect for use as (nerdy) parties.


24 thoughts on “Cliche Rotation Project, Round II

  1. Actually, “Dumber than shoes” reminds me of the Hebrew expression “Ata* Na’al Bayit” that roughly translates to “You are [as dumb as] a slipper”. :)

    * “Ata” when addressing a male, “At” when addressing a female.

  2. I love “reporting from the Green Zone” and “gone 404.”

    “Like a sailor on shore leave” has to be just about the same vintage as “one-armed paperhanger,” though, since I’ve heard my dad use both of them.

  3. “All the porn on the internet”, “Gone 404”, and “A watched microwave never pings” get my vote :)

    ( i remember submitting something, but can’t recall what, so clearly it’s not cliche enough)

  4. “While ASL is ‘advanced’, it actually is a simpler game than the original Squad Leader became after the first gamette.”

    And we’re all (sniff) so proud of Brett: Top Cliche Rotation Project Contributor, 2007!

  5. Is it too late to submit, “Dumb as a box of rocks”? Because somewhere in the dark recesses of the National Institute of Standards your tax dollars are funding the keepage in a vacume of a box of rocks, which a technician removes every so often so the true value of “dumb” can be acurately calibrated.

  6. @bug:

    I use “dumb as a box of rocks” often, so I wasn’t sure if this qualified as a new cliche (oxymoronic, by the way) or if it’s just something I’ve heard around and threw into my own lexicon.

    I picture the National Institute of Standards as that warehouse at the end of Raiders, for some reason.

  7. I don’t know if this one counts, but my husband came up with this one.

    Instead of saying:
    Great minds think alike!

    He says:
    Great behinds stink alike!

    It’s silly, but I laugh every time he says it!

  8. boo! mine didn’t make it and I thought it was funny! but, I did enjoy everyone else’s alot!

  9. replace:
    It’s not over till the fat lady sings

    They didn’t find Nemo at the start of the movie

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