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A Case for Colorful Clichés

Published on: January 10, 2017

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“Stubborn as a mule” at the annual Calico Days in Yermo, California

Technology has shaped contemporary language, culture and interactions in amazing ways that aren’t always appreciated. Most hated, misused and overused words, phrases and terms include:

  • Between you and I
  • So,
  • Self, selfie
  • Millennials (disliked by majority of so called millennials, age 18-34)
  • Myriad
  • Fake news

A Case for Colorful Clichés

By C. MacDonald

“All dressed up and no where to go;” “Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” “Catch my drift?” These are clichés, phrases someone thought up which became popular and used over and over again.

I’ve always loved these expressions. Yet, journalism teachers and editors at top newspapers and magazines told me not to use them. I think they add a lot of color and are appreciated by most readers. I’ve often tried to slip them in, anyway. Read more…>

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