Geoff Johnson: The fact of the matter is, clichés are just empty words

  Times Colonist 

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As a longtime devotee of the subtle nature of our remarkable English language, the language of Shakespeare, Churchill, Martin Luther King, even Barack Obama, it seems to me that our current secondary-school English curriculum is in dire need of a unit on the erosive effect of clichés on words in search of meaning. I don’t mean just any clichés, the kind of thing that completely flummoxes people ne

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