I must admit that the Librarian is correct: the new Kindle 2 does inspire passion in a reader, or it would if passion hadn’t been declared a cliché in my last post. His comment reminds me that, before it became a cliché, passion was a perfectly good word, acceptably used in the politest of companies.
Is there a good way to rehabilitate a cliché? Barring that, is there any way whatsoever to rehabilitate a cliché? One can refrain from using the word or phrase, of course, for the next twenty years or so. This is looking too far into the future, though. Too far for me, perhaps? No, I have promised myself that I am going to live to be 109. Or 111. Not 110, though — that’s too round of a number, and looks like you’re showing off.
Back to the question: I know of no way of rehabilitating a word. Does anyone?