Saturday, November 19, 2005

Cliché: last but not least

Meaning: my last example but not the least-important one. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: finally, and just as important,
Rewrite 2: bringing up the end and equally important
Rewrite 3: lastly, but not as least on the list,
Rewrite 4: of equal importance even if it’s the last on the list,

Comment: Here is a cliché that at its inception was probably the best it could be expressed, which makes rewriting or recasting more difficult. There is an equally effective alternative to place the “not least” statement at the beginning of the statement. For instance, you might say: “Here is my list, offered in no particular order of importance. First…” or “I offer the following not in order of importance. First…”

More reading about clichés
What I found when I
googled “clichés”:
A Crop of Clichés: “Clichés, phrases, one liners, sayings, similes, adages, proverbs in gardening and farming.” [Author revised from original entry to better reflect what you will find here.]

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