Sunday, September 25, 2005

Cliché: walking on eggshells

Meaning: walking gingerly, softly, or quietly
Rewrite 1: walking on glass ornaments
Rewrite 2: walking with the sound of a whisper
Rewrite 3: moving with the noise of a kitten's whisker
Rewrite 4: go softly like the drop of an autumn leaf
Comment: There aren't many delicate surfaces to walk on, so you might think of simply recasting the metaphor or simile.

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