Readers Hate Clichés. Except When They Don't.
from Helga Schier, ASJA
From Jan. 30:
Clichés weren't always clichés.
Once they were creative images or poignant observations that became clichés over time, precisely because they worked so well and were used so often. Everyone knows what you mean when you say, "it fits like a glove." In a conversation, the very fact that everyone knows what you mean makes your point. But clich's are predictable, and writing should never be predictable.
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