So Predictable! –
A cliché is a phrase that has been used so much that it
no longer has any power. Clichés are both stale and
Avoiding Them! –
Underline the clichés in the sentences below. Then
rewrite each sentence so that it has the same meaning without using
Clearing Up The Air –
Practice this skill by rewriting each of the phrase below in clear, simple language. Follow the
Make It Simple –
1. Simplify the phrase to it’s basic meaning
2. Give the tired phrase a new twist
3. Invent an entirely new image or phrase
In the End –
Can you predict how the phrases below will end?
Identify the missing word. Then complete the
phrase with a different word which is original to the phrase, but which still
connotes a similar meaning.
The Underlines –
Write down the meaning of the underlined cliche in
Fill in the Blank –
Mike had his back against the ______________________ in the matter
Avoid Them At All Costs –
You may either "translate" the clichés into
plain language, or substitute words in the clichés to create original phrases.
Create New Ones –
Use your creativity to create a new phrase with the same or similar
meaning. Have fun with it!
Tons of Room –
Fill in the table for each cliché. Use the back of this page if you need more room.
Lots of Ways –
Try each method with the clichés below. Then, on the back of
this page, use both of your new twists and your new phrases in a sentence.