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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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A Few More Clichés

Since I wrote yesterday’s entry, I was e-mailed a few additions to the list:

Each and every (choose one; it’s redundant)

Cease and desist (ditto)

To be honest with you (wouldn’t you hope so?)

With all due respect (when someone says that, you know the respect isn’t there)

And last night, on “Downton Abbey,” a whopper of an anachronism appeared when one character said to another that his position in the family had required a “learning curve.”  No one said that in the 1920s!

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