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Monday, November 14, 2005

Damn Cliches

Today I have decided that I despise cliches. And not just because it's a French word. The definition of cliche should read: "a phrase commonly used and abused by people who's skill with language is so poor that they must use someone else's coined terminology". Now here's the catch - My grammar and vocabulary basically sucks (or is it just 'suck'). So it's easy to pick a cliche for any given situation to avoid looking like a moron trying to put my thoughts into words. Nevertheless I have decided to try my best to avoid cliches altogether. It's particularly hard since I work in a business environment where cliches are as common as patchoulis at a Hippy gathering.

Here's a short list of some substitutions I will attempt to employ:

"think out of the box" = "Propose alternative theories and/or solutions which are not commonplace to the situation"
"Go the extra Mile" = "Exert effort to a degree which would exceed the pre-determined amount required"
"Comparing Apples and Oranges" = "Attempting to make 2 distinctly different things appear as though they were of equal value"
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going" = "At times of difficulty certain individuals with above average tolerance to stress tend to improve performance"
"Shoot from the hip" = "respond to a situation without being properly prepared"
"Have your cake and eat it too" = "Attempting to reap the benefits from something while avoiding any loss which would come at doing so."

Listen to yourself talk today. I bet you will here many cliches come out of your mouth.

Here's to you and your unimaginative language skills.


Blogger Dr. Metal said...

Brilliant! Best thing since sliced bread.

10:18 AM  

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