By Lawrence Dorfman
“Last, yet no longer least, keep away from clichés just like the plague.”—William Safire
Etymology: French, actually, printer's stereotype, from earlier participle of clichér, to stereotype, of imitative origin
1 : a trite word or expression; additionally : the belief expressed through it
2 : a hackneyed subject, characterization, or situation
3 : anything that has turn into overly well-known or commonplace
In the phrases of Stephen Fry, “It is a cliché that almost all clichés are precise, yet then like such a lot clichés, that cliché is untrue.” Clichés are like rationalizations: attempt going per week with out utilizing one. It cannot be performed! they're the hobgoblin of little minds. for many people, when you start to take become aware of, they're fingernails on a chalkboard.
From Shakespeare to Shakira; in track, on tv, on the videos; within the boardroom, on a convention name, on-line or in individual, clichés have taken over the area. whereas a few nitwits may say they are simply misunderstood, they did not start that means. there has been a time after they have been new and colourful, smart and pithy. Now they are simply predictable—a vapid number of much-too-familiar descriptions or metaphors that regularly exchange clever dialog, speech, or writing.
This booklet is a set of the main overused words of all time. confidently, it will make you chuckle. optimistically, it will make them imagine. And on the finish of the day, if the early chook catches the trojan horse and the sluggish and regular win the race . . .
Please . . . kill . . . me . . . now.
20 black-and-white illustrations
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