No paper that is formal in nature can be effective with clichés as a significant part of the analysis.  Clichés are informal and suggest a flippant tone. In addition, when you use a cliché, you demonstrate your inability to think of a word or a collection of words that reflect critical thinking about the work. In other words, you are not successful at fully maximizing your intellectual muscles. Essentially, you lack the ability to think “analytically” about the subject matter.

In the same way that people curse because they can’t form another word that conveys the same meaning, students who use clichés within their papers don’t embody a strong vocabulary.  This statement is not only geared to the one who uses profane language. Individuals who use big words boastfully don’t quite know how to express themselves simply to the average reader.  They use words as a crutch in the same way that the person uses profanities or clichés.

With this in mind, don’t let clichés become a crutch. It is better not to use them at all. If you feel that one truly evokes a meaning you want to convey within a certain paragraph, then do your best to prove your point in-depth also, but don’t flood your papers with clichés because such a decision to do so will suggest that you don’t take the assignment seriously.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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