Saturday, October 22, 2005

Cliché: see the glass as half empty

Meaning: having a negative view of life
Rewrite 1: see a storm cloud without a silver lining
Rewrite 2: see a rain shower as a hurricane
Rewrite 3: view a
promotion as piling on* more work
Rewrite 4: think of winning the
lottery as increasing your tax burden

Comment: This cliché provides lots of opportunities to be creative. There are lots of situations you can see from either a negative or a positive point of view. You can also flip the concept by seeing the glass as half full and have some fun with that as a rewrite: See a hurricane as a chance to blow autumn leaves out of your yard or a flat tire as an opportunity to flex some muscles.

*Piling on: consider this also in the context of the sports idiom in football in which multiple (way more than necessary) defensive players jump on the player in possession of the ball.

More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”
• Consider
The Political Cliché Site for words on candidates, how to run a campaign, and more. Part of The Sports Cliché site.

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