Friday, October 9, 2009

We're Not Supposed To Use Cliches, So Here's The Whole Nine Yards

So I responded to someone's comment that I was waiting with baited breath. Then I got all bent out of shape. What does that even mean? And how many of these godawful cliches are there? I don't mean to push your buttons but I'm working on my last good nerve. I tried to come up with some of my favorites. And by that I mean, those I hate the most because they make no sense. Wear your heart on your sleeve, is the hands down winner (which should be a cliche, but apparently isn't) Aside from the obvious hygienic implications, this saying doesn't make any sense at all. Why (and how) the hell would I wear my heart on my sleeve? I need it where it is. I know what it's supposed to mean, yet at the same time, I don't. Well thank your lucky stars for the interwebs. With one click of the google I had my answer. But when it rains it pours, so when life gives you lemons make lemonade. Make no bones about it, us writer types don't have to be worry warts any more. Think you're using a cliche? Check here first.

5 comments:

Cinders said...

Interesting post. I know it can be easy for a less common cliche to slip in to my writing. Realizing it is the tricky part.

Jm Diaz said...

What an awesome composition of cliche's... It's so easy to fall back on these in out writing.
Thanks for the link as well.

Erica said...

Thanks for the link. I'll check it out!

Jenn said...

Great post. It is so true that these sneaky cliches try and sneak in all the time to our writing. Thanks for the link. I followed you over from AW. Great blog!

Matt said...

Welcome Jenn. Glad to have you here.