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Chapter 24. Don't Go There: Words and Ex... > The Cliché Expert - Pg. 250

Don't Go There: Words and Expressions to Avoid 250 Remember, if you have a tough row to hoe, be a tough nut to crack and tough it out. Truth will win out and you can turn over a new leaf, turn the tables, other cheek, or the corner. Under a cloud? Not up to par, scratch, or snuff? Use your head; it's all water over the dam. After all: The world is your oyster--you can bet your bottom dollar! Gorgeous George George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Blair, one of the most brilliant English stylists ever. In his landmark essay "Politics and the English Language," Orwell wrote, "Modern English prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated henhouse." He concluded: "The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink." You've read about Orwell before in this book. He deserves more ink, be-cause he nailed style in writing. Danger, Will Robinson Proverbs are often confused with clichés, but then again, I'm often confused with Cindy Crawford. Such is the way of the world. Unfortunately, I'm not Cindy, and proverbs aren't clichés. Proverbs are economical phrases that pack a great deal of meaning in a brief wallop; a cliché, on the other hand, is bloated and meaningless.