Posted by: Jack Henry | May 8, 2018

Editor’s Corner: Cliches

“At the end of the day, a cliché walks into a bar—fresh as a daisy, cute as a button, and sharp as a tack.”

We’ve all heard and used clichés before, but here is the Merriam-Webster description of a cliché:

1a: a trite or stereotyped phrase or expression

b: a hackneyed theme, characterization, plot, or situation in fiction or drama: an overworked idea or its expression in music or one of the other arts

Here are some selected clichés from A to (almost) Z:

  • as the crow flies
  • big fish in a small pond
  • crack of dawn
  • dog and pony show
  • every fiber of my being
  • follow your heart
  • go with the flow
  • hold your horses
  • if the shoe fits
  • jockey for position
  • keep your fingers crossed
  • last but not least
  • movers and shakers
  • no stone unturned
  • out of pocket
  • pot calling the kettle black
  • quiet as a dormouse
  • raining cats and dogs
  • sharp as a tack
  • think outside of the box
  • under the gun
  • vested interest
  • went belly up
  • you are what you eat

For the full list of 681 clichés to avoid in your writing, see the Be a Better Writer website.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

619-542-6773 | Ext: 766773

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