I hate cliches. To leave no stone unturned. As luck would have it. Babe in the woods. Break the ice. Warts and all. Ugh. This site provides an alphabetized list of cliches and their meaning.
Cliches are unimaginative. The writer who uses them liberally is lazy or unable to think of something fresh. Cliches are like bad songs that would not go away, like “Nobody” by Wonder Girls or “Macarena” by Los del Rio. They are also like stale bread – old.
Crystal described cliches as zombies: “fragments of language apparently dying yet unable to die (Crystal, 2003, p. 186). Leach said that cliches are the “turkey twizzler of writing: cheap and easy junk food with little nourishment” (Leach and Graham, 2007, p. 28).
My pet peeve is the oft repeated phrase, “at the end of the day”. My former boss used this often and repetitively. “At the end of the day, we should remember our targets. At the end of the day, it’s what we are being paid to do.”
At the end of the day means when all things have been considered or when all is said and done He could have simply copied Nike and said, “just do it!”
*originally published in 2014 in my WTCBU blog
Leach, H. and Graham, R. (2007). Everything you need to know about creative writing. (Great Britain: Continuum).