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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




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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