Editing Strategy: Avoid Cliches and Trite Phrases

When a well-worn phrase was first invented, it caught on because people liked it.  But after a while, the phrase becomes a cliche and loses its meaning.  Think of hackneyed phrases everyone overuses, such as good as gold, beyond a shadow of a doubt, acid test, being caught red-handed, have a bone to pick, keep a stiff upper lip, have a card up your sleeve, more is happening than meets the eye.  Writers need to say what they really mean.  Rather than putting the ideas down in unimaginative ways, they need to write what they really mean to convey.

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