What's a cliche, anyway? do I like this guy? (take II)

Subject: What's a cliche, anyway? do I like this guy? (take II)
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: Peter Sturgeon <prsturgeon -at- yahoo -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 15:43:34 -0500

Peter Sturgeon wonders: <<True--we'll go out of our way to apologize for a friend's slips, and pounce on the most innocent mis-speak of an enemy. So if we're already pre-disposed to disliking a boss, colleague, whoever, we're always hunting evidence to support that dislike, and ignoring evidence that would undermine our negative opinion. So how do we guard against this, as professionals and as people?>>

In short, how do we evaluate things objectively? In practice, it's never completely possible to be objective. All we can reasonably hope to do is ask and answer one simple question: "Does the current wording work?" If it does, perhaps it's not important that it's a cliché. After all, there's that whole "Open the X menu" or "Click the Y button" series of clichés. They work, so why bother striving for something more innovative that doesn't work nearly as well?

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