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Sound Familiar? A report from the battlefield in the war on clichés

Sound Familiar? | The Weekly Standard.

“Johnny nailed it: Clichés are tired expressions. Their fatigue comes from their having been overused, and often badly used. They are words and phrases that no longer carry much meaning and have even less force. They reveal mental laziness on the part of those who use them. They are despoilers of style. Using clichés is like dressing out of the dirty-laundry bag—someone else’s dirty-laundry bag.”

When it comes to fighting clichés, the war isn’t over until the fat lady sings “Mama don’t allow no tired expressions around here.”

Malcolm

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2 thoughts on “Sound Familiar? A report from the battlefield in the war on clichés

  1. Clichés are reason why I nearly always watch sporting events with the TV on mute. Nearly all of the sportscasters’ dialogues seem to be read from their book of clichés.

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