Monday, December 19, 2005

Give A Cliche For Christmas

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Still shopping for that perfect gift? How about buying that special someone a cliche?

That’s the suggestion of Dr. Don Powell, a Michigan-based psychologist who has just started a cliche registry that allows people to immortalize phrases frequently uttered by their loved ones, such as “That’s the way the cookie crumbles” or “Fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Folks who log onto pay $20 to register the saying and get a piece of parchment certifying that the phrase is associated with the recipient.

Some already saved sayings include well-known phrases like “Hey is for horses” while others are completely unique to the person being honored, such as the Texas man who coined the term “Good hookamadoo.”

Powell figures being immortalized on the cliche registry is not only a badge of honor but it saves important pieces of Americana.

But while some people may be associated with a certain phrase – such as Donald Trump and “You’re fired!” – Powell refuses to grant exclusive rights to each saved saying because, “You can’t own a phrase, just like you can’t really own a star – even though they sell them.”

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