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Obfuscations of Popular Cliches #2

Translate these long-winded phrases into the popular cliches that have the same meaning.
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Last updated: November 17, 2020
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First submittedJuly 13, 2015
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Obfuscation
Saying
A canine is the optimum compatriot of a male homo sapien
A dog is a man's best friend
A culinary vessel with a human observer will never attain
a temperature greater than 100 degrees Celsius
A watched pot never boils
Sanguine fluid has a higher viscosity than dihydrogen monoxide
Blood is thicker than water
The profundity of comeliness does not extend beyond the dermal layer
Beauty is only skin deep
Excessive briskness causes an unnecessary expenditure of resources
Haste makes waste
A dyad is necessary to perform an Argentinian dance
It takes two to tango
Reprisal is a cuisine whose optimal temperature is frigid
Revenge is a dish best served cold
Vocalization has meager monetary value
Talk is cheap
Those who are morally pure expire prior to becoming geriatric
The good die young
The writing utensil is more potent than the cutlass
The pen is mightier than the sword
Nosh, quaff, and be jocund
Eat, drink, and be merry
There does not exist repose for those who are villainous
There's no rest for the wicked
The domicile has the same location as the cardiac organ
Home is where the heart is
Don't scrutinize the oral cavity of a complimentary equine
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
All atmospheric condensation has an argent layer
Every cloud has a silver lining
65 Comments
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Level 92
Jul 13, 2015
Briskness almost got me, was thinking 'cold.'
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Level 66
Jul 14, 2015
This was easy but incredibly fun. Please make more! You could also do it with movie or song titles.
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Level 91
Jul 16, 2015
Funny, it never struck me how opposite are the phrases "talk is cheap" and "silence is golden" until I realized I was typing the wrong one.
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Level 69
Feb 6, 2016
Uh, they're not opposite, they're the opposite of opposite
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Level 52
Oct 26, 2020
I think they mean the fact the words are the opposite, not the meaning. Talk is the opposite of silence, and gold is not cheap.
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Level 75
Nov 13, 2015
Both are great. Please make more.
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Level 69
Sep 24, 2015
Love this. Thank you!
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Level 57
Nov 13, 2015
English usage substitutes jolly for Merry.
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Level ∞
Apr 5, 2017
Jolly will work now
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Level 82
Nov 13, 2015
Very easy.
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Level 85
Nov 13, 2015
"Don't look the gift horse in the mouth"... Unless you are in a siege.
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Level 72
Nov 15, 2015
Anyone else hear that SNL skit with Sean Connery on Jeopardy while they were typing "the pen is mightier"?
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Level 56
Nov 17, 2015
Guilty!
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Level 81
Dec 5, 2017
Who reads?
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Level 69
May 12, 2016
I am stingy with my five star ratings, but this gets one! 👏🏻
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Level 83
Aug 1, 2016
Great quiz! Love the accompanying photo.
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Level 51
Nov 26, 2016
fun quiz
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Level 65
Apr 27, 2017
Love the concept. I'd have liked some more time, because it can take time to get the saying in the right form even when you now it.
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Level 82
Dec 5, 2017
It might be that my brain is more skewed toward linguistic aptitude but I finished this with 2:42 remaining and wasn't trying to hurry.
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Level 40
Mar 6, 2023
It might be that your brain remembers from a year prior. I agree with most everything you say even when Quizmaster does not.
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Level 78
Feb 14, 2024
Truly, kalbattlebot, we are not worthy to be blessed by your magnificence.
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Level 69
Dec 5, 2017
Got completely stuck on ‘A man’s best friend is his dog’ and never thought to try it the other way around, thought that was part of the obfuscation- please allow both!
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Level 66
Dec 5, 2017
Haste makes waste? Eh? American phrase?
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Level 70
Dec 6, 2017
It was often said in Lancashire UK and is said here in Australia.
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Level 70
Oct 1, 2019
Havent heard of it easy, so it doesnt really make it out to tv/movies/books/internet a lot. Since I ve have come all the others.
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Level 71
Apr 11, 2020
I'd never heard it, do people really say "more haste less speed"? "Haste makes waste" is so much better.
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Level 75
Dec 1, 2020
I knew it was something to do with haste/waste, but took a while to get because I couldn't get the "more haste less speed" out of my mind...
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Level 78
Dec 3, 2020
According to Google nGram, that one is common in print in both Britain and America and has been for 200 years.
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Level 77
Dec 5, 2017
Can you add the type-in "good die young" for that one? I typed that but it wasn't accepted, so I assumed it was wrong somehow...
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Level 75
Dec 1, 2020
In English it needs "the" to get the meaning of "good people", like "the rich" = "rich people" or as in "Food for the Hungry".
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Level 40
Dec 5, 2017
Super fun!
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Level 57
Dec 6, 2017
Accept the home is where the heart lies?
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Level 78
Dec 3, 2020
"where the heart lies" is not common, according to Google Ngram.
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Level 29
Mar 6, 2023
it actually is very common. I tried that style before "is"
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Level 78
Mar 8, 2023
It actually isn't, according to Google nGram. Data.
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Level 66
Dec 6, 2017
Love the quiz, love the picture you chose to go with it!
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Level 70
Oct 1, 2019
Nice, I like the level of difficulty ( in combo with this time) easy but it takes a few seconds for some, I find that allways nicer than immediately seeing everything.

got all but the waste haste. Have never heard of that one (not an native english speaker but most of the other ones are very common)

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Level 55
Oct 17, 2019
I know it as no peace for the wicked
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Level 32
Oct 22, 2020
I put in the pen is stronger, has more power, etc. etc., ....

Felt pretty stupid when the answer popped up.

Great quiz!!!

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Level 50
Nov 6, 2020
My whole life I thought it was "Don't kick a gift horse in the mouth." The more you know...
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Level 49
Dec 2, 2020
I thought it was words are cheap for some reason.
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Level 78
Dec 3, 2020
"Words are cheap" was the more common cliche in the 1800s. It was overtaken in the 1900s and the other one is far more popular now. It could be accepted, except that it doesn't really fit the clue.
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Level 81
Dec 4, 2020
This a great fun quiz, and although I got them all, I really enjoyed doing it. Same with the first one. Haste makes waste is something I have heard from somewhere (probably American TV), but I've never heard it used here in the UK.
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Level 70
Mar 1, 2021
Very, very entertaining. I honestly thought the Klingon proverb did NOT have "best" in the middle, but it turns out I was wrong. I am an embarrassment to the Empire.
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Level 78
Mar 1, 2021
I knew most of these sayings but it's very hard to come up with the exact wording in time when you didn't grow up with them. 7 up from 5.
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Level 64
Mar 1, 2021
These are fun. I liked the short one; I didn't know any of those three words, but I still got it right away.
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Level 76
Mar 1, 2021
"Homo sapien" is not the singular of Homo sapiens, lol
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Level 51
Mar 1, 2021
Can you accept "revenge is best served cold"? I have always heard it with the word "dish" left out.
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Level 44
Mar 1, 2021
For some reason, blood is thicker than water just didn't work for me.
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Level 85
Mar 1, 2021
Quiz accepted "Ain't no rest for the wicked" as an alternate answer. Nice hat tip to Cage the Elephant!
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Level 84
Mar 1, 2021
I was hoping someone would have commented on this
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2021
Never heard haste makes waste. Rather less Haste more speed
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Level 64
Sep 20, 2021
Me too, never heard haste makes waste
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Level 65
Jan 19, 2024
Robocop Waste Makes Haste
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Level 40
Mar 2, 2021
"Male homo sapien" needs correcting to just "homo sapiens". The S at the end of that species name isn't a pluralizing suffix, and the "man" in the phrase "man's best friend" isn't specifically masculine.
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Level 55
Mar 3, 2021
surely, there is no sleep for the wicked??
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2021
This is really good. I actually got most of them but couldn't remember the exact phrasing.
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Level 59
Apr 23, 2022
I had only heard "Home is where your heart is" from Jesus of Suburbia.
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Level 59
Mar 5, 2023
Ayy I immediately thought of Green Day’s song Jesus of Suburbia when i when i saw that clue!
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Level 36
Mar 5, 2023
Annoying

'home is where your heart is'

'less haste less waste' is the original saying that millions using British English know it by

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Level 70
Mar 5, 2023
QM does a pretty decent job of keeping the obfuscation in proper agreement with the accepted answer.

Try comparing the phrases on Google or its Ngram Viewer to see which of the two have the lion's share of results (eg haste makes waste vs less haste less waste).

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Level 62
Mar 9, 2023
Never heard "haste makes waste". Good quiz though got the brain working
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Level 70
Jun 4, 2024
For: Vocalization has meager monetary value

Does "Put your money where your mouth is" count?