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Martin Amis . . . The “War on Clichés” August 8, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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snoopy-&-linus-pumpkin-pathMartin Amis, a British literary wit, doesn’t care one whit for expressions that have been through the wash so many times they’ve become threadbare.

Or, as he puts it, “dead freight” and “herd words.”

As indicated in this interview with Charlie Rose, Martin’s a poster child for the “war on clichés.”

I suspect Mr. Amis discarded his “security blanket” long before Linus . . . while rolling his eyes and proclaiming disdain, “Oh, that old thing?  It’s so yesterday.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

What say you?

Do you avoid or embrace clichés that convey an instant connection to your intended audience?

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