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Writing is Design: Two-Word Writing Clichés — 7 Comments

  1. About 3:00 this morning I finished Ben Yagoda’s The Sound on the Page which is now my favorite book about writing style. His comments on cliches are marvelous.

    Yours are easier to share with my readers, though, and spot on, as usual.

    Your rewritten paragraph elucidates nicely.

  2. One could follow Mark Twain’s advice:
    “When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill most of them–then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are far apart.”

  3. This is a great post, and I like that you offered suggestions for fixing the problem.

    One I can’t stand (although not technically a two-word cliché), is “non-issue”. I suppose it’s correct, but it seems silly to me.