Writing Effectiveness- Cliches and Idioms

Definitions:
  • Clichés are overused expressions. They have been used so many times that they no longer convey the meaning or emotion they once did. Examples of clichés include:
    “Love is forever.”
    “He’s worth his weight in gold.”
    “Now you’re using your head!”
  • Idioms are figurative expressions that, like clichés, are often overused by lazy writers. However, idioms typically have no literal meaning. Examples of idioms include:
    “He bit off more than he could chew.”
    “He’s really in a pickle.”
    “You’re making a mountain out of a molehill.”
Test Yourself:

Which sentence in the following paragraph is a cliché or idiom?

When I go to a restaurant, I get so excited. There are so many good things on the menu. I always order way too much. My eyes are bigger than my stomach! Afterwards, I end up taking food home for lunch the next day.

  • a. When I go to a restaurant, I get so excited.
  • b. There are so many good things on the menu.
  • c. My eyes are bigger than my stomach!
  • d. Afterwards, I end up taking food home for lunch the next day.

 

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