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Writing is Design: Avoid Writing Clichés for Better Prose — 23 Comments

  1. As I live and breathe, I would go from rags to riches would that I could write a dissertation with that sweet smell of success! Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  2. Like a Monty Python routine, it’s the length that finally got me laughing. At first it’s amusing. Then it’s ridiculous. Then it’s more ridiculous. Then it becomes absurd, and beyond absurd.

    I’ve seen this done purely for the sake of using cliches to mock using cliches. This is the best example in part because there’s more lesson than the simple mockery would teach.


  3. roflmao – some cliches find their own shorthand 😉

    Thanks for the bon mots Dave – we all do it (or we’re liars, liars pants on fire!), but at least most of us try not to do it too spectacularly often . . .

  4. Nicely done! Bravo! Methinks I would rather see a bland metaphor than an esoteric one that few will understand. That’s the other side of the coin. I liked it.

  5. Whew! I feel like a fish outta water, beating my head against a wall of nails on a chalkboard! Please don’t misunderstand — I give this two thumbs up, but I need a drink after that. Goodness. It’s five o’clock somewhere!