Wait a moment, let me pull out my list. Here it is: Spoiler 1. You will rue the day. 2. We have to hurry! 3. Out of the way! 4. Who do you think you are? 5. I'm gonna make you wish you were never born. 6. You can thank me later. 7. The word 'digging' in reference to researching a person's history. 8. If you play with fire, you're going to get burned/you're playing with fire. 9. The phrase 'worthy opponent' in any context, whatsoever. 10. I, <insert name> will defeat you/ <do something> (Though, admittedly, this can be used very well to sound. . .well, cool.) 11. Win the day. 12. Arise victorious. 13. The word 'lightly' in reference to being flippant about something, I.E. Do not take me lightly, for I am a master of deception. 14. He's/I've been to hell and back. 15. Saying, "What are you/what is he doing this for," when what you really mean is, "Why are you doing this?" 16. Using the phrase it looks like in place of I noticed. I.E. It looks like you cut your hair. (Personally, I think saying 'I noticed' or 'it looks like' is just superfluous. I would merely say, "You cut your hair," since the phrase is always just a statement of obvious fact, anyway.) 17. You little. People are always starting their insults off with 'you little,' but they seldom have anything good to say afterward. "You little-- brat? You little jerk. You little so-and-so." It's all very lame. An expletive is the most effective word to use afterward, but if you don't want your characters to swear, then I would forgo this phrase altogether. 18. You'll pay! (They'll pay, you're gonna pay) 19. I guess. 20. This is nitpicking, but the use of the word ‘hard’ for ‘difficult’. The three levels should be: Easy, intermediate, and difficult. 21. As good as ever. My gripe, particularly, comes with the word ‘ever,’ and the fact that some of the words (As good as you have ever been) are omitted. 22. Calling people ‘guys’. For example; if someone is surrounded by men, and an onlooker knows the person in the center, who is being surrounded, but not the rest of the men, he might say, “Who are those guys?” I prefer, “Who are those men?” Or, “Who are those people?” Or you could be more specific, depending on the story, “Who are those swordsmen/street fighters/prostitutes/salesmen.” 23. I don’t believe it. 24. Like a moth to the flame. 25. Is something the matter? (Is something– the matter? That doesn’t even make sense.) 26. You’re out of luck. 27. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. 28. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. 29. Once and for all. 30. This is no joke. 31. That was no picnic. 32. That has nothing to do with it. 33. Prepare to die. 34. It all started with [something]. 35. Here we go again. (Note: I put the list in the spoiler tag because it stops the super long post.) When I write, I intentionally attempt to START with the -real- way to say something, and then I will invent more 'relaxed' way to say it if I think that the character should use some sort of slang. Instead of, "Prepare to die," a simple, "I am going to kill you" will do. A statement of fact. Prepare to die is sort of a sarcastic remark, and is overused to the point of blistering triteness. How do you go about your writing? Do you even CONSIDER the fact that "Here we go again" is as cliche as it gets, or do you just go with it, heedless? Let's hear what you guys think.