I don’t hate what people say because it’s boring or lame. I hate it because i’ve heard it before and it didn’t help the last time.
crutchphrases are a common refuge of speakers who have difficulty articulating ideas or concepts without reflexively using jargon and cliché. -urbandictionary.com
The website actually goes on to describe the use of such phrases as “an open admission of an unwillingness or inability to think, let alone use language effectively”.
I was super horiffied when I read this, because i’m guilty of using a lot of crutch phrases. I’m one of those people who say “yeah” at the end of every other sentence. But a lot of the time, when I get really cliche phrases from people, like “it’s not the cards you’re dealt, but how you play them” and I always feel like saying this helps them more than it helps me. Like seriously? I was never even good at card games, and you expect me to get that? Am I supposed to feel flattered that you gave me such sage advice? Thankful for this pearl of wisdom? It could have helped any other person in probably any other situation! Am I just another puzzle for you on the assembly line? I really don’t understand how someone could possibly say this to me and think that they helped me!! I don’t even mind someone saying “sticks and stones” to me.
Crutchphrases are actually more than fine, as long as you use them at after parties or maybe late night drinks? I especially hate when people tell me to be a “critical thinker” cause if you were able to “criticially think” then you would have used any other way or any other words to tell me how to think.