The Clichés in the list below each has a history/background that one can learn about on Google:
A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Absolute power corrupts absolutely
An acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree
Back to square one
The whole ball of wax
Banging your head against a brick wall
Barking up the wrong tree
To beat a dead horse
Beggars can’t be choosers
Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t
If these Clichés were confabulated, maybe they’d be more interesting:
A rose by any other name would still cost you $55 a dozen
Some fonder hearts make absence sound really desirable.
Absolute power costs about $500 a kilowatt hour
If an acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree, it’ll probably grow to be a sapling
Black, go back to square one. Remember, white always has the first move.
The whole ball of wax is all that was left after the fire.
Your head IS a brick wall.
A Pekinese barking up the wrong Sequoia.
To beat a dead horse is a U.S. Senate prerogative.
Even choosy beggars don’t get dinner at the Savoy.
Better the devil you know than his mother-in-law.
Dr. Larry Day is a retired J-School Professor from KU and author of Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia available on Amazon.