Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Clichés are Like so Cliché

I was always taught that the use of clichés signifies both bad writing and a lazy mind and that's what I always put forward to my students and tutorees.

Lifehacker notes 30 Cliches You Should Basically Avoid (Going Forward) and I would like to point out once again, this nifty cliche finderto help you become aware of clichés.

What are your most hated clichés or which do you use all the time?


  1. "The proof is in the pudding" - I hate that one!

    A bunch of folks I work with tend to say "absolutely" all the freakin' time! Drives me nuts!

    During the election I was getting bored of hearing "kitchen table issues" and the "Main Street" analogy. Ugh.

    What's worse, is when a person gets a cliche wrong! Like "it's a doggy-dog world" and "rubbing salt in the womb". Ouch!

  2. "Rubbing salt in the womb" that's hilarious!

  3. Anonymous9:04 AM

    OK. You got me on this one cause I use quite a few...

    "It is what it is" and "Such is life" are a couple of my favorites.

  4. Yes, but it's funny when you do it!


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