One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘hackneyed old sayings’
overused, overworked, overdone, worn out, time-worn, platitudinous, vapid, stale, tired, threadbare
trite, banal, hack, clichéd, hoary, commonplace, common, ordinary, stock, conventional, stereotyped, predictable
unimaginative, unoriginal, derivative, uninspired, prosaic, dull, boring, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill, routine, humdrum
informal old hat, corny, played out, hacky
North American informal cornball, dime-store
rare truistic, bromidic
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