COMMUNICATING WITH CLICHÉS

Our world is so fast-paced with the variety of technologies we use to communicate with that it seems we’ve been reduced to talking in cliches. It’s hard to get a straight answer to a question, a dogmatic determination or a difficulty, or a workable solution to a problem. Thanks to TV NEWS, CNN,MTV, FOX AND FRIENDS, NICK AT NIGHT, THE INTERNET WIRELESS AND OTHERWISE, many of us have been reduced to trying to communicate via cliches.

You’re probably thinking, “If the shoe fits wear it.” Right? After all, “a rose by any other name will still smell as sweet.” And you may be thinking, “methinks thou dost protest to much.” Well, “hold your horses”, and listen to the argument for a moment.

It is necessary to speak softly and carry a big stick.” Because “there is nothing to fear but fear itself”, “to coin a phrase.” But when you consider the problem further you should realize that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Truly, love is never having to say you are sorry”, and “there is a broken heart for every light on Broadway.” But “que sera sera whatever will be will be,” you say? Well, let me “leave no stone unturned” to make you understand. “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”, and if we don’t use our minds and words to communicate we will soon all be “left holding the bag.” Do you follow me so far?

Curing people of using cliches is like “leading a horse to water.” “You’ve got to have goals” and you must “go for the gusto.” To stop using cliches, you’ve got to “grab the bull by the horns” because “a stitch in time saves nine.”

If we are to stop using cliches in our communications we’ve got to realize that “it ain’t over till it is over.” Actually, “it’s not over until the gravitationally challenged lady sings.” But to communicate accurately we must “accentuate the positive” and foremost we must “eliminate the negatives.” The negatives, of course, are cliches but “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear.” We must also remember that “all generalities are false including this one.” And of course, “if you think you are beaten, you are.” So concentrate on communicating with clear, concise language and “never give up, never give up, never give up, never, never, never give up.” Oh my goodness, I have completely run out of time and, as you all know, “time flies when you’re having fun.”

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