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Honestly, are clichés so terrible as they’re preened to be, or can they be useful?

Short answer – Yes!

Long answer – When you are writing and using clichés you have to realize one thing, a cliché is a common wording or description used by the general public to describe instances or feelings. Since writing is about using your own words we can understand that using clichés is like plagiarism of someone else’s words or work. Also, most clichés do not really describe anything. Think of this for a second:

He stared daggers at the woman.

So what does “staring daggers” really mean? Hence this use of the cliché, though correct, means nothing if you are not familiar with it.

Think of other clichés and look at them from as a person not familiar with them and decide if they are meaningful, like, “Water off a duck’s back” or “Dumber than a bag of hammers.” Do they have much meaning than what was assigned to them when originally thought up?

Try this cliché, which is purely Canadian in nature, “Flat as Saskatchewan.” So, what does that mean if you don’t know what Saskatchewan is?

You can see where the use of clichés in writing can really hinder your narrative and lower the level of your prose when used.

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