Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Cliché: born with a silver spoon in his mouth

Meaning: born into wealth2 or great luck. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: born with a
silver dollar under his tongue
Rewrite 2: conceived in a mansion and delivered in a
Rewrite 3: gave birth to a bouncing baby
Rewrite 4: never had to worry from the moment he came out of the

Comment: The third rewrite is stretching the metaphor in that it doesn’t talk about the person being born but rather to the mother giving birth. However, it still works to convey the life of privilege the baby is born into.

More reading about clichés
What I found when I
googled “clichés”:
Clichés: The Sleeping Puppies. “These viruses infect songs, television, movies, and commercials, not to mention everyday conversations.”

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