Reviving the Cliche

Commentator David Crystal says cliches are lexical zombies that hang on to a language too long and become trite. But they're always useful as social lubricants.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: