And now I'm proposing that in the New Year, we all s-t-r-e-t-c-h our vocabulary muscles and consider the possibility of substituting new, fresh words for the cliches we hear day in and day out.
"AT THE END OF THE DAY"...some evening, try counting the number of times political reporters on TV say this phrase during a 30-minute news show.
"KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD"...try totaling the number of times a typical TV reporter says this phrase when referring to the inability of Congress to pass meaningful legislation.
Here we are in a brand-new year. Wouldn't it be AWESOME (another vastly overused word) if we could find more imaginative and interesting words to convey our ideas?
BOTTOM LINE (yet another cliche that drives me to distraction), how refreshing it would be to have a new, livelier vocabulary!
Just think -- we could permanently jettison phrases like AT THE END OF THE DAY and KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD and consign them to the dustbin of history!
So s-t-r-e-t-c-h your vocabulary muscles. O-p-e-n up to the possibility that there might be a bright tomorrow that could be ever so much more COOL without the word COOL being mentioned 500 times during the day.