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Why do cliches make me want to scream?

Postby Fishgeek » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:37 am

For some reason in writing and the spoken word cliches make me want to scream. I honestly don't know why. Perhaps it was ingrained in me via an English high school teacher or college prof?

Being self employed I have the TV on in my work area to help with the boredom. Anyway, I heard once again the phrase, "It's not a matter of if but when." Perhaps there isn't a better way to say it but it makes me come unglued!

Anyone one else have an overused phrase that bothers them? If so what?

And no I'm far from a perfect writer but...

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Re: Why do cliches make me want to scream?

Postby James A. Ritchie » Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:34 am

I have teh same reaction. Sometimes, with generic cliches, there really is no better way to say something, but most of the time, cliches are just poor writing.

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Re: Why do cliches make me want to scream?

Postby mammamaia » Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:14 am

the mere use of cliches doesn't bother me to such an extent, but what does do that for me is when people who should know better [e.g., journalists/anchors/etc.] misuse cliches and even mis-word them! :roll:
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Re: Why do cliches make me want to scream?

Postby Laycrew » Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:35 am

I have one in particular I can't stand-- at the end of the day.... I cringe every time.

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Re: Why do cliches make me want to scream?

Postby Oldtimer » Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:47 pm

The one I can't stand is "It is what it is." It's a pretty recent entry into biz jargon but I believe it's already considered a cliché.
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Re: Why do cliches make me want to scream?

Postby updog » Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:26 pm

Cliché characters bother me more than cliché phrases do, but I admit I cringe when characters "turn on their heels."
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Re: Why do cliches make me want to scream?

Postby stranger09 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:38 pm

The world is a terrible place. Thats why. Also this answer is no cliché at all. ;)

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Postby updog » Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:18 pm

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Re: Why do cliches make me want to scream?

Postby stranger09 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:34 pm

I think the term James is looking for is "Phraseme", which basically is an idiomatic phrase.

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