Friday Follies #9 – Four clichés that make me go “Arghhh”!

Just to change ’em up, the Grammar Cop will share a totally different class of  eyesores this week. (Because I can.) I’m sure you have similar ones that grate on your nerves, but for now, these are the top clichés that make me cringe!

  1. At the end of the day – I hate, hate, hate how you see this every, every, everywhere. I don’t know the origin of this dreaded phrase (nor do I want to), but I wish it would find its way back and stay there! Alternatives: Finally / Basically / The bottom line is… (I’m not too crazy about this last one either, but if used only occasionally it wouldn’t be too awful.)
  2. Pushing the envelope – Where the heck did this come from, anyway? No, don’t tell me. May it be expunged from every English treatise ever written. Alternatives: Being avant-garde / Being daring / Being brave (They all depend on context of course.)
  3. Out of your comfort zone – Okay, whoever invented this drivel should be throttled and pushed right out of their comfort zone! Alternatives: In an area you’re not used to / Too anxiety-provoking / In a way that’s too different (I agree these aren’t pretty, but they can be tweaked.)
  4. Going forward – Hello? What’s wrong with FROM NOW ON? <shaking head in despair>

I think that clichés are lazy and unimaginative.  As in: Hey, that sounds nice and familiar, I’ll go with that. Boooo!

What are some clichés you wish would disappear?

8 thoughts on “Friday Follies #9 – Four clichés that make me go “Arghhh”!

  1. Well, coming from a grass roots organization and not feeling comfortable in my own skin, I need to make a critical adjustment. I must circle back because I’m on the bleeding edge. It’s Ok though because I can think outside the box, peel back the layers of the onion, drill down, and when push comes to shove, it’s like, basically, between a rock and a hard place. And the fact of the matter is, to be perfectly honest I just need to touch base regularly to address the issue.
    (I’m really enjoying your posts, very impactful! 🙂

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  2. OMG Yvonne, that’s hilarious!!! I forgot all about those! I guess we could team up and write a book on these gross cliches, eh? lol Thanks for the laugh!
    Thanks for the kudos, means a lot to me!


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