A Heap of Mince – Six Sentence Story

Copyright C. E. Ayr

This challenge is produced by GirlieOnTheEdge with the following simple rules:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word – METHOD

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A Heap of Mince

I’m here to discuss aphorisms and adages, epigrams and epithets, maxims and axioms, and various other high-falutin’ words that, if we are honest (a bit of a long shot, admittedly), really just scream CLICHÉ.

For example, I get really peeved with ‘no gain without pain’ (what a crock, I’ve gained lots of stuff without pain, especially back when I was a pick-pocket) and ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’.

This one, with its implication that imminent death is a distinct possibility, always reminds me of the famous last words of General George Custer, viz. Injuns? I don’t see no pesky Injuns (okay, I know that’s unacceptable language, so let me apologise immediately for the great man’s appalling grammar) which, for me at least, significantly reduces its credibility factor.

Is there any method to this madman’s inane rantings and ravings, I hear you ask (or I probably would if we were at least in the same country), so I’ll come right to the point, more or less, because what I’m saying is that we need some new clichés.

So, for starters I suggest ‘Avoid pain, your body doesn’t need it, you cretin’ and ‘Don’t kill yourself, you’ll live longer that way’ and ‘What, chicken soup again?’

Sorry, that last one seems to have slipped in from another piece of drivel wandering around looking for a home but, please, don’t let it distract you from the serious message that I am trying to get across here, which is…ehm… Chicken soup, really?

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25 Responses to A Heap of Mince – Six Sentence Story

  1. Cliches are like statsitics – 60% of them are outdated, 25% of them make no sense to neither man nor beast, 15% of them are risible, and the last 10% fell in my chicken soup along with my calculator.


  2. Cassa Bassa says:

    Love it! Listening to you reading it makes this piece of writing going even more alive!


  3. Don’t be a walking cliche, dear, might be a good new one, too. Well done!


  4. You’ve really identified the saws of verbal laziness, CE. I think they should re-introduce the death penalty for uttering ‘it is what it is.’ Wit abounds in this piece. I wonder if some old cobblers should get together and open a shoe repair shop called ‘Chicken Soup for the Sole’.


  5. Wait, C.E. I’ll take some of that chicken soup while I try not to sweat the small stuff 😉

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  6. According to Stephen Fry, it’s a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue too … or something like that! Nice one Cleshayr.


  7. Chris Hall says:

    Well said, well read!


  8. UP says:

    well done, great graphics and sound. Well put together.


  9. Frank Hubeny says:

    I think this new cliche is worth becoming a cliche: ‘Don’t kill yourself, you’ll live longer that way’


  10. jenne49 says:

    Well, that most entertaining ‘Heap of Mince’ got me thinking, in particular about my fear that I might do violence to the next person who says, ‘Whit’s fur ye will no go by ye.’
    I might replace that with ‘fatalism kills hope’, pehaps?
    Another joyful wander through words and ideas, ‘coming right to the point, more or less…’!
    And the General George Custer paragraph – nice one.


  11. Katrin E McElderry says:

    This is brilliant…well done!


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