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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Cliche Tuesday

Posted August 10, 2010 9:15 a.m. EDT
Updated August 10, 2010 9:31 a.m. EDT

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 bleslie@wral.com. 

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.