Cliches not allowed at Hawthorne Publishing, which should not be allowed in the world at large
Avoid like the plague in writing and speaking:
Use of “Absolutely” to answer a question. Suggestion: just “Yes.”
Use of “amazing” to show something is excellent. Suggestions, “superlative,” “outstanding,” “exceedingly good.” “memorable” “remarkable” “worthy of note” “wonderful”
“Fantastic” Same drill.
Use of “like” as you stop in between clauses in spoken English. Just program your brain not to do this and see what happens.
If you want to be original, don’t use these words or phrases at all: Most were clever the first time we heard them:
Jump start (a situation)
I have your back heads up
Boots on the ground back story
“HellO” to mean Wake up or This is obvious. In the day
No way, Way! Developing story! and Breaking News!
Get your ducks in a row connect the dots
Old-fashioned cliches to avoid (there are hundreds more)
Burning midnight oil
Can’t tell a book by its cover (not true anyway)
It’s always darkest just before the dawn
Back seat driver
Ball is in your court
Barge right in
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beggars can’t be choosers
Best laid plans of mice and men
Bet your bottom dollar
(and these are only a few of the “B’s” in a list Googled on the net.) You get the idea.
Nancy Niblack Baxter is senior editor at Hawthorne Publishing and author of books featured on this site. Click back to order Baxter’s books Gallant Fourteenth: The Story of an Indiana Civil War Regiment; The Dream Divided: Indiana in the Civil War a Novel; The Martin Guards: Company C of the Fourteenth Indiana Regiment and The Woods at Acorn Camp: A year’s Journal of an Everyday Christian Scientist