Fighting clichés going forward

Further to this blog’s campaign to reduce the use of clichés in conversation and reports, I am grateful to Marlys Harris for her list (and the additional ones mentioned by those who have added comments to her piece). Here are some of those in her list that I detest most:

• Could we go offline to discuss this?
• At the end of the day
• I can’t wrap my head around this
• Bandwidth (when applied to something other than computing)
• Low hanging fruit
• To circle back.
• Take-away (where no food is involved)
• Win win situation.

Do feel free to add your own clichés.

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11 Comments on “Fighting clichés going forward”

  1. kevin denny Says:

    Run it up the flag-pole
    Do a 360
    The bottom line is…
    A no-brainer
    Leading economist
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that… (usually followed by some obscure fact or a very dubious proposition)
    Smart economy, knowledge economy
    Put on the green jersey

    Myles na gCopaleen’s Catechism of Cliché is a great source.

  2. Perry Share Says:

    will it wash its face?
    haircut
    proactive(ly)
    Hunt Report
    points race
    senior bond holders

  3. Conor Says:

    There is an Ignite talk for this, the great Margaret E Ward:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/IgniteDublin#p/f/3/OKMPS5lTcvM

  4. Scott Says:

    I’m about to dial into a conference call during which I do believe your list will be recited almost verbatim! Perhaps with the addition of “net-net,” which I can’t stand and still don’t actually understand (and do not wish to understand). If someone uses the word “efforting,” I shall quietly hang up.

  5. wendymr Says:

    Get real
    On a go-forward basis
    It is what it is
    Give it some traction
    Find a workaround
    Leverage

  6. NiallM Says:

    “Further to this blog’s campaign to reduce the use of clichés in conversation and reports…”
    So you are seeking a paradigm shift w.r.t. generic language competencies? Many people have upgraded their skill set to enable them to talk the talk in the enterprise space. Now you would have them do a 180 (sic) and future-proof their interpersonals, down-size their vocabs, and pathway themseleves to simpler, more correct English? I for one would kick the tyres on that proposal.

  7. colummccaffery Says:

    By all means let’s have a laugh at the nonsense but let’s also be aware that it betokens something rather more serious than stupidity.

    Here’s an old post of mine from 2008:

    http://colummccaffery.wordpress.com/2008/09/29/when-youve-finished-playing-bullshit-bingo-tell-the-change-manager-that-the-game-is-up/

  8. John H Says:

    “Clichés become clichés because they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox of communication”
    – Terry Pratchett

    (I’ve probably got some part of that quote wrong. In the current climate)


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