Are senseless platitudes our most irritating pandemic habit?

Davida Erdahl

How am I in this with someone like Karl Stefanovic? Picture: Today

I really do not know about you but the subsequent time a celebrity tells me “we’re all in this together”, I’m heading to set my foot through my Microsoft Teams display screen.

In his beautifully-titled creating guidebook Cliches: Prevent Them Like the Plague, journalist Nigel Fountain takes intention at the a lot of clapped-out constructions that clutter and debase the English language.

Fountain’s argument is that with so a lot of thousands of words and phrases at our disposal it takes a specific model of laziness to shuffle them all around like magnets in their unimaginative, prepackaged type.

During this present plague, cliches, to use a cliche, have arrived at plague-like proportions, some coming with the extra reward of getting factually mistaken.

Cliche selection a single on the checklist of shame is the word “unprecedented”. The frequent and inaccurate use of this word states a truthful little bit about … Read More