The following post was inspired by the fourteenth suggestion in No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog, which was randomly selected by Jon Deal of Ransom-Note-Typography. Jon posted a video today in honor of the occasion, so you should definitely check it out.
Despite crotchety old men like me carping about acronyms like “LOL” and “IMHO,” we’ve always had literary shortcuts that allow us to get our point across economically. They are called “cliches,” and they are an essential element of our language. Just think how many words you’d have to write or say to communicate the same idea that “caught with his pants down” expresses so succinctly.
Of course, the problem with cliches is that they are just so darned … you know. Cliche.
That’s why I am initiating the Cliche Rotation Project, to replace our current set of cliches with new ones of equivalent meaning. For example:
|Old & Busted||New Hotness|
|Made a mountain out of a molehill||Saw a duck and shouted “dragon!”|
|Quiet as a church mouse||Silent as a shadow’s whisper|
|Ready and willing||On it like a bonnet|
|Wore his heart on his sleeve||Flew his feelings from a flagpole|
And so forth.
Come, join me in the CRP. If drop me an email at email@example.com with the following information:
- The old cliche
- Your replacement cliche
- Your name
- URL of your blog, or where ever you’d like me to link to when I publish these
I’ll collect all the entries and print them here Friday. Or do something with them. I’m not really sure, yet.