It's Been Said Before
A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Clichés
Table of Contents
1. Adjectival Clichés: Clichés that modify nouns or serve as predicates after linking verbs
2. Adverbial Clichés: Clichés that function as adverbials, describing how, when, with what, in what manner, etc.
3. People, Places, and Things: Clichés that function as noun phrases
4. Framing Devices: Clichés used to introduce, contextualize, or conclude questions or statements
5. Modifier Abuse: Clichés arising from extremely frequent and/or inapt collocation of particular adjectives with nouns, or of submodifying adverbs with adjectives
6. Predicate Clichés: Clichés beginning with a finite verb that serve as complete predicates
7. Quantification: Clichés that characterize quantities
8. Situational Clichés: Clichés consisting of complete sentences that characterize a situation or action
9. Clichés About Clichés: ways that people talk about or mention clichés that are themselves clichés
10. Appendix I: joined by "and" clichés: numerous phrases consisting of words joined by 'and'