Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Cliché: the lights are on but there's nobody home

Meaning: someone who isn’t very smart. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: the lights are
running on a weak generator3
Rewrite 2: the door is open but it
leads nowhere
Rewrite 3: the draperies are open but no light’s coming in through the window
Rewrite 4: the faucet is open but no water’s coming out

Comment: A parallel rewrite is difficult to do without sounding pretentious, but there are a number of other ways to say “this light’s working on low wattage.”

More reading about clichés
What I found when I
googled “clichés”:
Dan Schneider on Redeeming Clichés: “…a 10 line poem with at least 8½ seeming clichés…”

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