Word To The Wise

At the end of the day, it comes as no surprise to find that there are cliched phases that tick us off no end.

Though each of our personal choices of are fairly unique, a team of researchers at Oxford university has tweaked a few statistics and compiled a top ten list of the word combinations that irk the majority of us.

I personally would never use such hackneyed constructions, of course.

At this moment in time I can safely say, without fear of contradiction, that I believe in original language to express original thoughts.

And with all due respect to those who may disagree, I would exhort all of you to protest loudly when language is cheapened buy lazy construction.

Absolutely!’ I hear you say.

It’s a nightmare trying to stay original of course. The trouble with common experessions is that they are so terribly, well, common.

In short, while I know I shouldn’t of gone off the handle the last time a tired cliche trotted wearily past my ears, I too sometimes find it hard to restrain myself.

Let’s face of us, none of us can stay cool, calm and collected 24/7.

After all, it’s not rocket science.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.