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The War Against Cliché

December 16th, 2006 · No Comments

In “Politics and the English Language,” Orwell famously tagged a plethora of “ready-made phrases” that the lazy writer—I include myself here—will often be tempted to employ to do his thinking for him. (I’m hoping Stanley Fish’s blasting PatEL as “the most overrated essay in the modern canon” will immunize me from the observation that invoking it as a guide to lucid writing is itself something of a cliché.) Well, Gawker is keeping us honest in Age of Blogs, with a roundup of the tropes we most commonly fall back on in our posts, from “Best. X. Evar.” and “I’m looking at you” to “Not so much” and “Seriously? Seriously?”

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