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Favorite Clichés

 

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These clichés are favorites of so many people; I hope you’re not one of those bores.

At the end of the day, another day comes. That should give you some food for thought. Your audience’s attention may grind to a halt when you don’t engage in meaningful dialog. If you want your speech and writing to be interesting, go back to the drawing board and polish your diamond in the rough. Then you will be a tough act to follow, instead of writing and speaking in a manner in which your readers/audience, all innocent bystanders, won’t be able to see the forest for the trees. Make your prose world class!

 

 

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Trite Expressions

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TRITE—Overused, worn out, lacking in originality

Just about anything can be trite: art, music, dance, food (think kale salads). But this blog is concerned with language, so that’s what we’ll focus on today. Read through these trite expressions and then vow to avoid them whenever possible. It will always be possible; just think of straightforward alternatives. You can do it.

  • No sooner said than done
  • By hook or by crook
  • Busy as a bee
  • A bolt from the blue
  • Few and far between
  • In this day and age
  • Words fail me
  • By leaps and bounds
  • Better late than never
  • A good time was had by all
  • Breathed a sigh of relief
  • From the ridiculous to the sublime
  • It’s a small world
  • Life and limb
  • Sticks out like a sore thumb
  • To all intents and purposes
  • In the final analysis

In the final analysis, I hope you can see why it’s better to avoid these expressions.

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Clichés

Clichés were fresh the first few times they were used—but because they were new and interesting they caught on like a house afire and became overused and trite.

 

Cute as a button, cool as a cucumber, shiny as a new penny, hungry as a horse, fat as a pig—those are all old hat, very old hat.

 

The business world is riddled with clichés. Here is a list of ones to avoid; I’m sure you can think of dozens more. Send your candidates to me, and I’ll run them up the flagpole and see if they fly.

 

 

 

Needless to say

 

First and foremost

 

Last but not least

 

Few and far between

 

Get the ball rolling

 

The bottom line

 

At the end of the day

 

Fall on deaf ears

 

Fly in the face of

 

The lion’s share

 

By the same token

 

Win-win

 

Don’t rock the boat

 

Sweep under the rug

 

The powers that be

 

When the dust settles

 

In the nick of time

 

That insults the intelligence

 

World class

 

State of the art

 

Cutting edge

 

Hit it out of the park

 

Back in the day

 

 

 

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Clichés

When first heard, phrases we now consider clichés were fresh and new. But because of their initial popularity and overuse, they became tired and hackneyed.

A list of trite expressions, aka clichés, could go on for pages, but I’ll remind you of just a few I hope not to encounter again.  Are any of these your favorites?

It remains to be seen

Needless to say

As I was saying

As luck would have it

View with alarm

Proud possessor of

Last but not least

From the ridiculous to the sublime

Few and far between

None the worse for wear

Reign supreme

Cut to the chase

Better late than never

In this day and age

Back in the day

To all intents and purposes

 

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