Clichés, Housewives, Generosity, and Sandwiches

November 3, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning friends . Today is Wednesday, November 3, 2021. November 3rd is the 307th day of the year, and 58 days remain.

Cliché Day 

Cliché Day is celebrated annually on November 3rd. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates those trite, hackneyed expressions that we all overuse from time to time.
Cliché Day music to my ears. I love a good cliché more than life itself. Clichés are so much a part of the everyday language that we just accept them. Whether you love them or hate them, we can’t seem to stop using them. Clichés are phrases that have been overused to the point of language teachers wanting us to put on our thinking cap to find a better turn of phrase.
The word Cliché has two meanings:
1.  An overused expression, something that is said a lot that has become some common, it no longer really has any relevance or is even noticed in conversation. Phrases such as to this day or next thing I knew are examples of such a cliché, and you often say these phrases without noticing you are doing so.
2. An idea with a different meaning from its literal meaning. For example, the phrase sweaty palms means more than the fact that your palms are sweaty. When you say someone has sweaty palms, everyone knows you mean “he is nervous” because the expression has become a cliché.
Clichés are often idioms. Idioms are figurative phrases with an implied meaning; the phrase is not to be taken literally. Idioms are either opaque or transparent:
Opaque – When you translate an opaque idiom, it will not make sense because the literal meaning is nothing like the real meaning. An example of an opaque idiom is a bag of bones, which means someone is very underweight.
Transparent – A transparent idiom has similarities between the literal and the expression. For example, playing your cards right is an expression that actually came from card games but that can apply to other situations.
Clichés can be true or not, and some are stereotypes. Clichés can be figurative or literal. An example of a figurative cliché is raining cats and dogs, meaning it is raining heavily. An example of a literal cliché would be, to tell the truth, because you are going to do just that. A figurative idiom can become a cliché if it is used often enough in our language.
So, if you like clichés, you should be as happy as a pig in mud today.  Celebrate Cliché Day today by sprinkling in as many clichés as possible into your conversations today. If you don’t like clichés, don’t get all bent out of shape. I don’t want people fighting like cats and dogs over something as trivial as clichés. So, go ahead, give it a shot. What have you got to loseWin some, lose someYou’ll never know ’til you try.
If you think that I used a lot of clichés writing this, check out this blogger’s coverage of Cliché Day. He obviously has more time on his hands than I do.

Housewife’s Day 

Housewife Day is celebrated each year on November 3rd. You needn’t be a hausfrau to deduce that this holiday recognizes the importance of stay at home wives and moms.
Housewife is an old term. It hails back to the days when one income could support the family in a manner of comfort. It was also a time when women did not have equal rights. While those days are long gone, women’s views of working or staying at home, fall on both sides of the fence. The decision to be a “housewife”, or stay at home mom, is still preferred by many, but others say that being a housewife is depriving a woman of reaching her true potential. Unfortunately, these days, income needs often necessitate that both parents work in order to make ends meet.
In today’s topsy-turvy economy, the term housewife sometimes needs to be replaced by the term househusband. With increasing frequency, wives have become the major breadwinner of the family, and the husband stays at home doing all of the things synonymous with being a housewife – caregiver to the children, household manager, chef, chauffeur, errand runner, and general all-around chief cook and bottle washer.
This holiday honors “housewives,” of either gender, who keep a home running smoothly and efficiently. So, to celebrate Housewife Day, do something today that will make their job a little easier. Give them the day off, and take over their job for them. They will be appreciative, and you will learn to appreciate just how hard they work every other day of the year.

Give Someone a Dollar Today Day – [You can start with me! Ha, ha].

Give Someone a Dollar Today Day is celebrated annually on November 3rd. Despite its name, this holiday is not meant to be taken literally. This holiday is more about the concept of giving unconditionally, without the expectation of getting something in return.
It’s sad to think that in this economy, many people literally can’t afford to give away a dollar without incurring undue hardship. They are living from paycheck to paycheck, and are one misfortune away from living in poverty.
So, to celebrate Give Someone a Dollar Today Day, commit a few random acts of kindness. Buy a lottery ticket, then give it to the next random person you encounter. The next time you go out for coffee, pay for the person behind you in line also. Who knows, it might just turn their day around, and, as a bonus, it’ll make you feel good.

National Sandwich Day 

National Sandwich Day is celebrated each year on November 3rd. You don’t ne an advanced degree in the culinary arts to conclude that this holiday celebrates sandwiches.
It is no coincidence that National Sandwich Day falls on this date. Today is also the birth date of John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, who is credited with inventing the sandwich. Folklore has it that this 18th-century English nobleman was a compulsive gambler and didn’t like to interrupt his gambling sessions to eat. So one day he instructed his servants to serve him his meat between two slices of bread. And, the “sandwich” was born.
Personally, I find that the above explanation of how the sandwich was “invented” lacks gravitas. While Earl John of Sandwich may have given his name to the sandwich, I find it difficult to believe that since the creation, or evolution, of man it took thousands of years, until the 18th century, before someone thought to put meat, cheese, and/or vegetables between two slices of bread.
It would require an entire rainforest worth of trees to make enough paper to individually list all of the possible combinations of meat, vegetables, bread, and condiments possible to make all of the different kinds of sandwiches that exist.
Sandwiches are a favorite food worldwide, but nowhere more so than here in America. To celebrate National Sandwich Day, enjoy one of your favorite sandwiches today. As alluded to above, the list of possible sandwich ingredients is endless, so you better start your decision-making process now.
Author’s Note:
For a little fun today, why don’t we tackle the age-old question: Is a hotdog a sandwich?
I say NO! A hotdog is a type of sausage. However, it can be made into a sandwich if put in a bun or between slices of bread. 

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

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