‘Under Fire,’ ‘Shoot Down’ And Other Such Clichés Are Banned

We’ve said many times that clichés are to be avoided. With the Florida school shooting and the gun debate that has followed very much in the headlines, it’s more important than ever that we not fall back on phrases such as:

- “Under fire.”
- “Shoot down.”
- “Stuck to his guns.”
- “Smoking gun.”
- “Gunning for.”
- “Hired gun.”
- “With guns blazing.”
- “War zone.”
- “Kill the [bill, proposal, plan ... etc.].”

I’m sure you can come up with others that should not be heard or written.

(“Memmos;” Feb. 27, 2018)

 

February 27, 2018

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