(entered for 12.13.05)
Meaning: make a big deal about something that is yours. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: beep your own horn7a or 7b
Rewrite 2: ring2* your own bell
Rewrite 3: gush over your own accomplishments
Rewrite 4: write your own performance review**
Rewrite 5: make much ado*** about your own nothing
Comment: Not to throw accolades my own way, but I really like rewrite 5, which is a play on one of Shakespeare’s great comedies. The further we can get away from the original the better.
Notes: *Scroll down to the second use of ring. **Go to the “p’s” then scroll about a quarter of the way down the page to find “performance review.” ***See “Shakespeare’s Words”, a Shakespeare glossary, by David Crystal, for more meaning on The Bard’s words and phrases.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Sundance Creativity: “Poetic Cliches: …clichés are rampant in poetry today, particularly among new or younger poets.”