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[7 Feb 2014] Enough is rarely enough when it comes to clichés. Some authors don’t do things by halves. So it was a pearl beyond price to find at least four clichés in the space of only 24 words in the local newspaper:

In days gone by, the Saturday market was a hive of activity – a renowned jewel in the town’s crown. Now it is a shadow of its former self.’

For cliché haters, there’s a new section on the subject in the fourth edition of Martin Cutts’s Oxford Guide to Plain English (see the Publications tab).

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