Cliche – Examples, PDF


People often use trends in their advertising, marketing, and business. These trends are sequences that can appeal to the wants and needs of the target audience. In modern media, these trends often appear as cliches.

1. Colloquialisms and Clichés

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2. Cliche on Book Covers

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3. Infinite Endnotes and Important Clichés

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4. Race and Other Cliches

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5. The Catastrophe of Cliche

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What Is a Cliche

Cliches are situations, actions, behaviors, sequences, and attitudes, that people attribute to other entities, events, and objects. These cliches can come in the form of a proper noun, a common noun, or a succinct statement.

How to Use a Cliche as a Literary Device

Cliches are not inherently a product of one’s lack of imagination or creativity. Most modern masterpieces utilize cliches in a more nuanced and creative way. This means that for a cliche to work, you must apply it more uniquely.

Step 1: Research a List of Cliches

Begin by researching a list of cliches you want to use as a literary device you want to use in. This will help you know what cliche you want to use and the various context these cliches can be used.

Step 2: Outline How You Will Use the Cliche

After you have selected the cliche you want to use, outline the cliche’s format and determine where you want to use it. This is very important as a cliche can improve the quality of the writing when it is strategically placed in the output.

Step 3: Integrate the Cliche into Your Writing

After you have outlined and determined where you want to use the cliche, you must integrate it into your writing. Just be sure that the cliche is organically introduced and integrated into the output because a forced introduction or integration of a cliche can ruin the pacing of the written output.

Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3, Until Satisfied

When you have finished steps 2 and 3, you may opt to add more cliches to your written output. Just note, that more cliches added to the written output can ruin the overall quality of said output.

FAQs

What is another word for cliche and how do I use it?

A cliche is a saying or event that is overused and common in the environment, which relays a lack of creativity and/or originality. This word has evolved to have various categories of overused or common attitudes, behaviors, or sequences, which people can easily observe in both real-life and media. Stereotype, is another word for the cliche, that people often use to describe a specific set of behaviors, attitudes, and perspectives that a person or group of people adopt. Often, stereotypes are categorized based on a person or people’s race, ethnicity, education, group, and citizenship. People use stereotypes to label and profile other people, often reductively, without the need to know the person being stereotyped. The word stereotype can either be used as a noun or a verb, depending on the context of the sentence or statement.

What are modern-day examples of real-life cliches?

There are many modern-day examples of real-life cliches we can easily observe in our everyday lives. One of the most common examples of this is the current cliche of a modern-day Karen. The word Karen has been used to define or describe a middle-aged, middle-class woman who is typically blonde and complains about situations or things that are solutions to a specific problem and inconvenience other people. Another modern-day cliche one can observe are the consistent use of specific romantic tropes in romance books and movies. For example, the opposites attract trope is used by writers to create a plot point that hinges on the romantic interest of two characters who have opposing views or sides. But this does not mean that cliches are often a product of someone who does not have creativity, as some use a cliche and creatively apply it to their life or writing.

What is the difference between a cliché and a cliche?

The word cliché and cliche both mean the same things and have the same definition. The only marginal difference between them is their spellings. The word cliché is spelled with an accented “e” to help distinguish its pronunciation and French origin. More often than not the word cliché is used in media and real life when compared to its non-accented counterpart. But this does not mean that the non-accented counterpart of cliché is invalid, as both versions are accepted.

The cliche is a word people use to describe a situation, statement, or character that a lot of people use. This word often describes something that is not creative, overused and renders the tone bland. But when a cliche is used properly and creatively, then it can lead to something memorable and impactful. Therefore, cliches do not affect the quality of the thing they are used, in fact when the cliche has properly used the quality of the output is improved.

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