So, I thought I'd leave you with a little challenge. Simply post your response as a comment and when my travels are over, sometime Sunday, I will draw one at random to win a $5 gift certificate to Torquere Press. Read on to learn your task.
Lately I've been thinking about an issue that crops up fairly often, as a reader and as a writer: to cliché or not cliché? The Online Etymology Dictionary gives us this background on the word: "1832, from Fr. cliché, a technical word in printer's jargon for 'stereotype,' supposedly echoic of the sound of a mold striking molten metal, thus pp. of clicher 'to click'(18c.). Figurative extension to "worn-out expression" is first attested 1888, following the course of stereotype."
So, some phrases, often similes or metaphors, began as powerful uses of language but got dulled from overuse. Like comparing the blush of a lover's cheeks to the delicate, or perhaps riotous color of a rose. Are rosy-cheeked lovers overused? Should I rephrase the question? ::giggles::
I don't mind rosy cheeks in stories I read, but I have to say, I love seeing the cliché turned on its end, so to speak, when the blushing cheeks in question are the nether ones. Check out the stunning pastels of Michael Breyette if you don't agree.
Your challenge is: share two clichés...
- one cliché you wouldn't mind *never* seeing again and
- one that recently surprised you by being refreshed, tweaked, tumbled, or otherwise renewed.