Re: Most annoying word--what's a cliche, anyway?

Subject: Re: Most annoying word--what's a cliche, anyway?
From: Peter Sturgeon <prsturgeon -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 13:58:51 -0500 (EST)

--- Kathy Nemaric <kjnresearch -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> When I worked at a dot com, the content managers had to pay a 25-cent
> fine for every cliche they used

What makes it a cliche? By many definitions, being "overused."

Many years ago, teaching a whole classroom of new Canadians, I handed
out a list of cliches for them to avoid in their writing. They had
never heard most of them before, and were mightily amused by some.

So how do you determine, as a writer, that something is already

Is it like watching "Fashion File"? Do they come back into style
eventually, if we stop oversuing them?

I guess it's only a cliche if its ubiquitous:)

Peter Sturgeon

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