Cliche of the week 30 – in a nutshell

January 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm 1 comment

Ideas going forward should be in a soft shell, rather than a nutshell, where they can be easily peeled and digested.

In a nutshell” appears about 700 needless times each week in the mainstream media globally.

In most cases the phrase can be dropped without changing meaning.

“In a nutshell, Mr Obama will be offering a plan to invest and grow, and Republicans will counter with a plan to cut and grow.” (The Wall Street Journal, January 25)

“This museum, in a nutshell, is special.” (The Oakland Tribune, January 23)

“And that, in a nutshell, is the difference between the prevalent views toward handguns in Canada versus the United States.” (Vancouver Province, January 23)

“I am a bit of a foodie. I thought I understood food. In a nutshell, I had come to the conclusion that the best meals were made by the simple preparation of the finest ingredients.” (Bristol Evening Post, January 22)

“That, in a nutshell, is the daunting business challenge facing Canada Post’s newly named chief executive officer, Deepak Chopra.” (The Globe and Mail, January 21)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Marty  |  February 9, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I love this blog! As a former journalist I often grind my teeth with frustration and annoyance at the endless repetition of cliches in our media. I was trained to avoid cliches if possible and always think of original ways to express what I needed to report. Now cliches are the norm and people use them without even thinking what they actually mean. Keep up the good work!


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