pedants’ paradise – but these really are cliches to avoid… aren’t they?

recently, there’s been a torrent of letters to the Daily Telegraph expressing rage at the cliches and linguistic nightmares that dominate modern life. they do read as though they are all written by ‘Disgusted of Tonbridge Wells’ – but they do often have a point. Here are a few:

  • Added Bonus; Close proximity; New innovation; First invented by (all tautologies)
  • In a very real sense; From the get-go; Quantum leap; A robust national debate (what’s that when it’s at home?) (cliches)
  • Focused instead of ‘concentrating’; In the workplace instead of ‘at work’; To cut a long story short instead of ‘briefly’; to plan ahead instead of ‘plan’
  • “Nonsensical corporate names created by compounding words, as in “Travelodge” and “Parceline”. What exactly is to “trave” or a “parce”? Andwhatiswrongwithagapbetweenwords?”
  • One thing that really gets to me (more…)

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    Amillia the miracle baby – here is a LIFE!

    You will no doubt have heard about the so-called miracle baby - Amillia Sonja Taylor - who was born at only 22 weeks in Miami last November. What doctors have been able to do has been amazing and inspiring. The…

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    a great loss to the drama of politics

    very sad to read today of the death of Ian Richardson - what a great actor; what a real loss. House of Cards was another seminal series (alongside West Wing) - and an improvement on the books - not least…

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    Palmer Obama?

    Ok - this is only really going to make sense of US TV fans. But it is common knowledge that the creators of the risible (ie not a patch on the seminal West Wing) COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF about the first female US…

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    Greetings from Tirana

    Here in sunny Albania for only 4 days - seems bonkers to come all this way for such a short time (well it's not that far - just took a while to get here after having to go via Vienna).…

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