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    "He started it."

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    Have those Homeric Metaphors become Cliches? They have certainly been copied and used over and over.

    Wine dark sea.
    Rosy fingered dawn.
    What words have escaped through the door of your teeth! (or- I can't believe you just said that! )

    That's about 800bc ish.

    The oldest would be "Go on I dare you" (bite that apple.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkBastable View Post
    "He started it."

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    That's a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prendrelemick View Post
    The oldest would be "Go on I dare you" (bite that apple.)
    Ooh, I dunno. What about the one trotted out by every amdram play director rehearsing the curtain-raising number, jocular gymteacher opening up for the first lesson of the day and matey pub landlord illuminating the smoking area on a winter's evening?

    "Let there be light!"

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    If "He started it" was first, then "It's not Fair" will be up there as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prendrelemick View Post
    Have those Homeric Metaphors become Cliches? They have certainly been copied and used over and over.

    Wine dark sea.
    Rosy fingered dawn.
    What words have escaped through the door of your teeth! (or- I can't believe you just said that! )

    That's about 800bc ish.

    The oldest would be "Go on I dare you" (bite that apple.)
    hehe..cool
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    "Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." Ronald Reagan

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillCarneyKlans View Post
    "Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." Ronald Reagan
    Or, to be precise, "the clever guy who wrote clever things for Ronald Reagan."
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    I think it is Arab literature
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    The scariest cliche that's ever been existent is do as you wish you have been done!

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