Posted by: Tony Carson | 22 October, 2009

The cliché — intellectual disgrace

“WHO WILL SAY a good word for the cliché? Its sins are so numerous. Exhausted tropes, numb descriptors, zombie proverbs, hackneyed sentiments, rhetorical rip-offs, metaphorical flat tires, ideas purged of thought and symbols drained of power – the cliché traffics in them all. A lie can be inventive; an insult can be novel. Even plagiarism implies a kind of larcenous good taste. But a cliché is intellectual disgrace. The word itself seems to shape the mouth into a Gallic sneer.”

A wonderful if wrong-headed paean to the cliché by James Parker at boston.com.

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  1. That was beautiful! (Hear that, Michael Bay?)


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