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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, August 20, 2014:
There is a growing body of evidence that we use cliches in our everyday speech more than we even realize.
It's not like we have to search for cliches like they are a needle in a haystack because they're a dime a dozen.
Before this post becomes one long cliche, let's look ahead to Wednesday's Smart Talk.
Appearing on the program is lexicographer Orin Hargraves, author of the new book It's Been Said Before -- A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Cliches.
We won't check to see how Webster's Dictionary defines a cliche, but make no mistake about it, most people probably already have an idea of what a cliche is: a word or phrase that is over used in speech or in writing. Others may add that cliches don't take much original thought to use. Still one other note -- some may find cliches annoying.
On Wednesday's program, we'll discuss the origin of some of the more popular cliches, what they actually mean and ask what are your favorites or maybe the ones you really don't like.
OK, this post has reached a tipping point so tune in.
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