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Scientists Measure Speed of Cliche: Drop of A Hat Defeats Blink of An Eye

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.02.2016 | Science
Paul Spector, M.D.

Speed fascinates us all. It is the rare contest that rewards the slowest. Our language reflects this fixation on the fastest. Vivid figures of speech attempt to impress upon the listener just how quickly something happens.

Experience: The True Source Of Originality

William Kenower | Posted 06.13.2016 | Home
William Kenower

If I am feeling a little full of myself, I might call myself "original." But this is inaccurate. Life itself is ceaselessly, relentlessly original. When I'm stuck on a description, it is only because I am resisting this originality.

6 Resume Clichés Keeping You from Getting the Job

Brian de Haaff | Posted 01.14.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Candidates often feel like they are under scrutiny from potential employers -- that is because they are. Their qualifications and experience are on display with each resume they send out. And they are lucky if those qualifications actually get reviewed by a hiring manager.

4 Cliche Quotes Women Need to Stop Using

Penny Phillips | Posted 12.07.2016 | Women
Penny Phillips

I am about to commit a sin of epic proportions. What I am about to say will certainly outcast me, and could very well land me in prison...or, at a minimum, on the black list of every child born between the years 2005 and 2012.

James and The Giant Sneetches Teaches Us a Thing or Two About the Psychology of Market Driven Economics

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 11.07.2016 | Business
Kay Tacke Morse

My friend James has sculpted a big glorious life out of clay mixed of abundance and brilliance. He buys, grows, sells, creates and sculpts companies. He grows people too. He teaches them how to be better versions of themselves, with his wisdom.

College Essay Cliches

Josh Stephens | Posted 08.10.2016 | College
Josh Stephens

Even the sharpest teenage minds frequently gravitate towards college essay topics that are so common that they can only be described as clichés: stories and messages that every adult has already heard and, probably, already lived through.

Finding Worldly Wisdom in Cautionary Cliches

Trana Pittam | Posted 06.27.2015 | Women
Trana Pittam

With each passing year, I become more aware that simple clichés -- the ones I never really paused to ponder before -- exist because of their timeless truth. And if you embrace and reflect on the words you once considered trite, you will be amazed at the guidance and hope they can offer.

Jason Linkins

One Hillary Clinton Think Piece To Rule Them All | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

This week, we were faced with the daunting prospect of having to make sense out of all the Hillary Clinton think pieces that were microwaved into exis...

These Unlikely Heroes Are...Wait for It...The World's Top Fact-Checkers

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.30.2015 | Media
Peter Mandel

Ladies and gentlemen (or to avoid being gender-specific) members of The American Copy-Editors and Fact-Checkers Guild: It is my pleasure to welcome each one of you and, of course, "you" in the plural sense, to this evening's Hall of Fame Banquet.

Which Way Is Up?

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.15.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


30 Words We Should Stop Using To Describe Art

artnet | artnet News | Posted 01.08.2015 | Arts

This article originally appeared on artnet News. by Ben Davis It's a new year, which is a fine excuse as any to ditch old bad habits. Here below, ...

Yagana Shah

7 Cliches About Aging We're Sick Of Hearing | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.05.2014 | Fifty

Inevitably as you begin the hellish task of holiday shopping, you'll encounter a well-meaning salesperson who calls you "hun" or "sweetie." You'll whi...

8 Signs You're in the Hipster Part of Town

Thrillist | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel

Nearly every major city hosts a neighborhood where occupants are just a little too cool for their own good, and it's important to identify the key characteristics of such "freethinking" areas.

Smelling Something Fishy Actually Makes People More Suspicious

Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living

By Science of Us Follow @thescienceofus Smelling a fishy odor is enough to induce suspicion in people, and people primed to be suspicious are mor...

Food Police: 5 Foodstuffs That Should Be Banned From LA Menus ASAP

Mike Metz | Posted 10.07.2014 | Taste
Mike Metz

Ice cream sandwiches are on so many fine dining restaurant dessert menus right now it makes me want to puke. No ice cream sandwich is worth $9. None.

Are You a Repetitive Buffoon or a Cunning Linguist?

Carl Pettit | Posted 04.14.2016 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

Here are nine hackneyed social observations you can test yourself against in order to determine if you're a witty social guru or merely a repetitive buffoon.

Why I Want To Be In New York

Jenna Amatulli | Posted 09.14.2014 | New York
Jenna Amatulli

I want to be in New York because it is a city of brilliance. The city is bursting with inimitable musicians and engineers and journalists and politicians who defy all preconceived notions of what it means to be "intelligent."

How My Mother-In-Law Showed Me The Truth In Parenting Clichés

Jen Simon | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Jen Simon

It took me a while to understand Rita's parenting style, and even longer to appreciate it. But now, I like to think about her style as an important balance to my mother's - a ying to her yang, if you will.

22 Common Phrases We All Secretly Hate

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 04.15.2014 | Home

What makes a phrase cringe-worthy? We asked HuffPost editors which sayings bother them the most, and found that the common thread among the respons...

These 10 Office Phrases Need To Die A Swift Death

CNBC | Daniel Bukszpan | Posted 04.08.2014 | Small Business

CNBC: Every office worker knows at least one bit of clichéd business-speak that they would be happy to never hear again. These include "think outs...

Getting Older, Not Always Gracefully

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 05.21.2014 | Divorce
Lionel Rolfe

Getting older was supposed to be easier than this -- more like a wonderful long vacation. But of course it hasn't been that way. My wife left me just ...

21 Bad Cliches That Just Make You Sound Old

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty

When it comes to language, clichés are almost never a good idea. Not only do they indicate laziness, but they are rarely used correctly. Even worse, ...

Jason Linkins

Cliche Watch: Hacks To Crack About Cracks In The Dome | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

The Architect of the Capitol is undertaking a "multi-phased" project geared to restoring the structural integrity of the U.S. Capitol dome, one of Was...

These 9 Cliches May Sum Up Everything You Need To Know About Life

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.04.2013 | Healthy Living

Universally feared and loathed by any writer who's taken a Fiction 101 class, cliches are, by definition, phrases so overused that they've become virt...

13 Clichés You Shouldn't Be Caught Dead Using

Posted 08.30.2013 | Home

Clichés are the worst. Aside from being indicative of lazy speaking and lazy writing, they are rarely used correctly, and even when they are, they ra...