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!
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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?