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Cliche Tuesday

Posted August 10, 2010

We have a winner in the Goofy Joke Contest. dallasbraxton's pithy rib tickler was voted the best: 

“Two antennae got married. The ceremony was average but the reception was OUTSTANDING.” 

We will take a slightly goofy photograph of the WRAL Morning News team, sign it and send it to the winner. If dallasbraxton will send me address information I would appreciate that.  My email address is 

Meanwhile, this is Cliche Tuesday. What overworked phrase really gets on your nerves when you hear it on television or read it in the newspaper?  I identified and removed two cliches from news copy this week: "broad daylight," and "fallen on deaf ears." 

Brian Shrader says the cliche "he loves to hate" is "a parent's worst nightmare."  What about you? 

"Only time will tell" how many cliches we accumulate. Kelcey Carlson says "batten down the hatches." She expects a storm of responses. Just don't say "the storm came without warning."  Meterologist Elizabeth Gardner hates that cliche.


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  • The Grifters Aug 11, 2010

    "You are what you eat"....says Wendy....

    ....and I respond to her...oh yeah?, well "a rolling stone gathers no moss" get up woman and get moving....'ll remain a "bump on a log"

  • Kiteflyer Aug 11, 2010

    My nerves just jangle when I hear a politician say,"All I want is transparency." Yeah, right!

  • ceatman Aug 10, 2010

    Different strokes for different folks has run it's course with me.

  • ECU4lyf Aug 10, 2010

    worst case scenario...i have a coworker that uses this all the time, i want to strangle her when seh says it

  • genegeneandnancy Aug 10, 2010

    "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink", perhaps that's because you "put the cart before the horse", or he's "stubborn as a mule". "You can't see the forest for the trees" because the fog was "thick as pea soup."

  • Working 9-5 Aug 10, 2010

    "that's the kicker right there"

  • wdwbmw Aug 10, 2010

    I agree with harnettcounty about "went missing" and also cringe every time I hear someone talking about standing "on line". You don't stand on a line, you stand in one.

  • thefensk Aug 10, 2010

    I'll repeat what I shared on your Facebook page:

    I avoid cliches like the plague.

  • harnettcounty Aug 10, 2010

    Not sure that this qualifies as a cliche but I am interested in knowing how the term "went missing" was derived. It grates on me every time I hear it. Why aren't they simply missing?

  • genegeneandnancy Aug 10, 2010

    "All that glitters is not gold"...because it was "the goose that laid the golden egg" or because "money doesn't grow on trees'? Maybe "things will look better in the morning" if you "wake up and smell the coffee."




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