Been There, Read That

Written By: jOakes


Cliches are catchy; they’re the common cold in the health of the English language. Cliches are so common, in fact, that often we use them without realizing it. And if they’re used intentionally, without irony, they can make a writer seem either clueless and unimaginative or come off like a linguistic automaton. There is no longer a good reason to rely on worn-out phrases like “thinks outside the box,” “been there, done that” or “location location.” If anything, your job as a writer is to invent new cliches. In other words (literally), come up with something so good it will stand the test of time and liven up the English language before succumbing to the “tired-phrase” disease.

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