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Word rant

The English language is one of the richest. Why then are we assailed with clichés? I am risking accusations of pedantry here but I get very irritated by clichés. Here’s my collection of words and phrases that I hate, from twitter and other social media, radio, and in general use. I spend so much time trying get the right words that it annoys me that people are so casual.

Does it have to be that xxs are always y, as in these examples?

  • Streets always mean?
  • Hearts always beating?
  • Victims always innocent?
  • Learning always curved?
  • The line always the bottom one?
  • Or being drawn under?
  • Pauses always pregnant?
  • Standards bog?
  • Meals square?
  • Shares fair?
  • Shifts always paradigmic?
  • Sighs always breathed?
  • Dashes always cut?
Learning Curve by Alanf777 via Wiki Commons

Learning Curve by Alanf777 via Wiki Commons

Why do writers use these expressions?

  • Eclectic – when they mean varied
  • Iconic – meaning special (as in the iconic Grand Canyon – doh?)
  • Back in the day – meaning before
  • Comfort zones – out of which one should be tempted or thrust
  • Up, as in heads up, up-skill, up-scale, up-cycle, run up the flagpole,
  • At all, as in ‘have you got a credit card at all?’ which implies you might have a small bit of one at least.
  • Ahead of – meaning in the future
  • Back, in ‘reply back’ (back is redundant, you can’t reply any other way)
  • Awesome – unless they are an American teenager, in which case they can just use it and alternate it with ‘like’.

156 stop signOkay I’m definitely a pedant. So to counteract the amount of pedantry in this post here’s a link to Selkie Moon’s blog in which she looks at the value of clichés in writing a first draft. Her post goes  to consider the advantages of turning them around in revision to dig deeper.

And here’s some goobledegoop that baffles me:

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And some spam stuff, which makes me wonder which language it’s translated from, or whether a word bank was randomly rifled.

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And here’s some clarity that makes me laugh.

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