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Monday, February 16, 2009

Why Clichés Should Be Avoided

One of the hardest tasks any writer faces is coming up with the right words to accurately and completely describe a situation, person, or thing. Sometimes it may feel like no amount of time searching the recesses of your mind for obscure word pairings will result in finding just the right combination to fit your need.

Whatever you do, do NOT resort to using a cliché.

It may seem like an easy solution to the problem at hand, but using clichés in your writing is actually one of the worst things you can do. Here's why:

Clichés imply you lack the creativity to come up with something original.

Even using a bland combination of words to get your point across is better than giving a teacher, college/scholarship acceptance committee, or potential employer the impression that you are too unimaginative (or even lazy!) to come up with an original description.

The successful avoidance of clichés is a topic that cannot be contained within a single blog post.  Definitely expect to see more about how to navigate your way through (and find alternatives for) the old, worn-out phrases of the English language.


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