Confusing clichés

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  • Niall Houghton
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    18 January, 2018 at 8:23
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    These can be very confusing for non-native English speakers. Clichés are stereotyped phrases and context determines whether a cliché is being used. Often used in politics, here are some examples:

    “The war against inflation”
    “Light at the end of the tunnel”
    “Fit for purpose”
    “Singing from the same hymn-sheet”

    Should students be encouraged to stick to plain speaking, rather than use clichés?

    Niall Houghton
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    23 January, 2018 at 8:53
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    Oscar Wilde was known for reversing clichés:
    “Work is the curse of the drinking classes”.
    The irony was that reversing the cliché produced a new cliché.

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