Cliché: the rehabilitation?

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?

3 thoughts on “Cliché: the rehabilitation?

  1. It’s only a cliché if you think it is. So, “rehabilitation” is as simple as changing your mind. And that’s an opinion about which I have great passion. 😉

    Really, why would you reject a perfectly good word or phrase simply because someone else declared it to be a cliché? And when did clichés lose their usefulness, anyway?

    *sigh* I guess I’m not sophisticated enough to become a serious writer.

    Erics last blog post..Natasha Richardson and the Fragility of Life

  2. I always feel like I am lazy if I use a well-worn phrase. It was drummed into me by teachers in high school never to use clichés if you can avoid it. But it’s high time to give up high school paranoias. I shall give this some thought, Eric.

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