Clichés are bad enough, but when you are so oblivious to what they mean that you use them incorrectly, you should keep as silent as a mouse church.
Some purely fictional examples:
- “Mate and check!” Turns chess victory into spousal identification, or a pregnancy test instruction.
- “Miss and a swing.” Changes baseball futility into a young lady on a playground.
- “Heavy and hot.” Transforms a passionate tryst into a July Weight Watchers meeting.
- “Oranges and apples”
- “Dangerous and armed”
- “Tat for tit…”