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Business Blogging For Beginners – Lesson (9)

Business clichés - Grammar


Writing is a series of choices. As you work on a paper, you choose your topic, your approach, your sources, and your thesis; when it’s time to write, you have to choose the words you will use to express your ideas and decide how you will arrange those words into sentences and paragraphs. As you revise your draft, you make more choices. You might ask yourself, “Is this really what I mean?” or “Will readers understand this?” or “Does this sound good?”

Finding words that capture your meaning and convey that meaning to your readers is challenging. When your instructors write things like “awkward,” “vague,” or “wordy” on your draft, they are letting you know that they want you to work on word choice.

Six Terrible Writing Mistakes to Avoid

Word Choice

  1. Redundancy (repetition)
  2. Using tired clichés
  3. Synonym abuse

Grammar and Punctuation

  1. Being unclear with dangling modifiers
  2. Poor grammar and
  3. Improper punctuation

“I might not use capital letters. But I would definitely use an apostrophe…and probably a period. I’m a huge fan of punctuation.” Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park.

Be concise. Say no to redundancy

Just say it once. There is no need to use two sentences to say the same thing. It’s easy to catch and correct. Below are some examples:

That way is the right direction. Correct – That is the right direction. That insect is a weird looking bug. Correct – That is a weird-looking bug.

Avoid ClichésClichés?

A cliché is a word or phrase that has been so overused in writing that it’s no longer effective.

Can you junk these 

  1. As cool as the cucumber
  2. Every dog has its day
  3. No pain, no gain
  4. A clean slate
  5. A pain in the neck
  6. A penny saved is a penny earned
  7. All your eggs in one basket
  8. Dead tired
  9. Add insult to injury
  10. Beat a dead horse
  11. Too little, too late
  12. Actions speak louder than words
  13. Laughter is the best medicine
  14. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones at others
  15. Take the bull by the horns
  16. Apples to oranges
  17. It goes without saying
  18. Hit the nail on the head
  19. In a nutshell
  20. Blood is boiling

Business clichés

  1. Think outside the box
  2. Low hanging fruit
  3. You win some, you lose some
  4. Walk the talk
  5. Win-win situation
  6. Paradigm shift
  7. Go viral

“A good writer is a great writer when they can make the cliché work again.” Gossamer Silverglow

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