Monday, January 22, 2007

Cliché: the icing on the cake

Meaning: something added to something good to make it even better
Rewrite 1: the sprinkles on the sundae
Rewrite 2: the chocolate on the strawberries
Rewrite 3: the bonus with the paid holiday
Rewrite 4: the personalized autograph in the first edition classic

Comment: It’s hard to keep it simple the more extravagant you go.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Cliché: as easy as falling off a log

Meaning: little to no effort required
Rewrite 1: as easy as tripping on a crack
Rewrite 2: as simple as crossing a "t" or dotting an "i"
Rewrite 3: as smooth as pushing a ball down a hill
Rewrite 4: as natural as running with the wind

Comment: As usual I tried to vary both the example and the meaning of the root word, in this case “easy.” Additional root words I could have used include graceful, painless, and effortless, although they are more cumbersome.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Back After a Long, Unplanned Absence

What a road I have traveled since I last posted! I apologize to anyone who has visited and seen how long it's been since I last made an entry.

I suffered a series of health set-backs, the last of which -- prostate cancer surgery -- I am still recovering from. As a result, I wasn't able to give any time to rewriting cliches. I am trying to begin again.

In addition, just before the health set-backs, I lost most of my research as a result of the faulty diskettes on which I had stored my data, because I had to totally erase my hard drive and reload all my software and data. Only afterward did I discover that my data was lost! So I have had to begin gathering material again. I have also since started storing data on X-drive as my external drive. Fool me once...but only once!

So, if you have been a fan of the site and wondered where I have been... or if you have stumbled onto the site and would like more of what I have produced, let me assure you I am working on it again.

I am a freelance writer and editor and rely on that freelance work for a living, so I am doing this blog as I have time and energy. Recovering from prostate surgery at age 57 takes a long, long time. But I want to get this site back in gear, even if it isn't on a daily basis as it once was.

Thank you for your patience.