While I understand the rationale behind the first intervention, the third is just pffffft. At least when a Stock Phrase is used to name a trope the right way. But we all know what happens with Eddie's pfffffft's anyway.
In my opinion, the key thing with Stock Phrases
is whether the saying (that currently names the trope) concurs with the trope in both
definition and instance. Precisely the example of What Year Is It?
, from where Eddie's quotations come from, does that — the trope is about having to ask someone for the timeframe you're in (which is quite distinct from Newspaper Dating
due to plot and characterization issues) and
the phrase is pretty much precisely the way that the trope runs. There's no loss of information because the trope name can be used in dialogue, which several other trope names can anyway regardless
of whether they are stock phrases or not (Cats Are Superior
and The Resolution Will Not Be Televised
spring to mind right away).
Other examples are Metaphor Is My Middle Name
(although the metaphor there saves from the dialogue issue), Carry the One
and I Can Explain
. Some others are broken but still usable though, such as A Dog Ate My Homework
(due to tenses used when the trope instantiates).
All in all, I see why Stock Phrases
could pose a problem being used for trope names, but with a tighter definition on what do we accept as a Stock Phrase
, I don't see that turning into a problem because the phrase is used where you want the trope anyways (or viceversa). If the problem is them being able to be used to pothole in "inadequate places" (where "inadequate" seems to mean "this is just a random conversation for which, or whose context, the trope does not apply"), then I'd not worry at all, as it's the default and most useful state of most trope names anyway.