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Have you ever tried to think of that cliche for a specific topic? Now you can find a cliche like these for the word íteachí at Cliche Finder.

- you canít teach an old dog new tricks
- give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, feed him for life
- donít bother trying to teach a pig to sing; you only waste your time and annoy the pig.

Just enter any words in the form and click search to find any cliches that represent that topic. You can even add cliches to the list. Hereís a few of the other websites on cliches from this site:
Another site by this same author (Morgan Friedman) created Words in Words where the author and others find words within words. This is a fun site with a long list of words in words. You can use this yourself or with your students. To find any words quickly, use the find feature with your browser. I am using Firefox.

Click Command-F (Mac) or CRTL-F (PC) to bring up the Find feature in the status bar.

Type the word and click Find and Find Next to find all the words that have that word in it.

I like Wordcounter for me as a writer and believe anyone can use it:

Wordcounter ranks the most frequently used words in any given body of text. Use this to see what words you overuse (is everything a "solution" for you?) or maybe just to find some keywords from a document.

There is even a political analysis to determine the political leanings by the text you input. Pretty cool! This could be useful now with your students as they read political ads about different propositions.

Thanks to Steven Morgan Friedman and his work for putting all of this together. Iíll be checking in often.