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New rules: Cliches


(TryHardDieHard) #1
<rule id="ID" name="Cliché: "All the bells and whistles"">

 <pattern>
  <token>all</token>
  <token>the</token>
  <token>bells</token>
  <token>and</token>
  <token>whistles</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid using this cliché.</message>
 <example correction=''>The car comes with <marker>all the bells and whistles</marker>.</example>
 <example>The car comes fully loaded.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #2
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: " All things being equal".">

 <pattern>
  <token>All</token>
  <token>things</token>
  <token>being</token>
  <token>equal</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Unless referring to measurements in maths or sciences, avoid using the cliché "all things being equal".</message>
 <example correction=''><marker>All things being equal</marker>, I should leave by five o clock.</example>
 <example>According to plan, I should leave by five o clock.</example>
</rule>

(Daniel Naber) #3

Please note that the example is only shown if the user selects the option to get more details, and even that isn't properly implemented in the web interface on languagetool.org. So if there's a correction, the message should include that (e.g. "Did you mean foo?") and not just rely on the example.


(TryHardDieHard) #4
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: "At this moment in time".">

 <pattern>
  <token>At</token>
  <token>this</token>
  <token>moment</token>
  <token>in</token>
  <token>time</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Replace the cliche "at this moment in time" with something less wordy. Use <suggestion>now</suggestion> or <suggestion>at the moment</suggestion> instead.</message>
 <example correction=''><marker>At this moment in time</marker>.</example>
 <example>Now.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #5

Understood.


(TryHardDieHard) #6
<rule id="ID" name="Chliche: Avoid it like the plague">

 <pattern>
  <token>like</token>
  <token>the</token>
  <token>plague</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>"Avoid it like the plague" is an overused cliche. Use <suggestion>severely</suggestion> instead.</message>
 <example correction=''>Avoid it <marker>like the plague</marker>.</example>
 <example>Avoid it.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #7
<rule id="ID" name="Cliché: Back to the drawing board.">

 <pattern>
  <token>back</token>
  <token>to</token>
  <token>the</token>
  <token>drawing</token>
  <token>board</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>"Back to the drawing board" is a cliché. Use <suggestion>reassess</suggestion> instead.</message>
 <example correction=''>It's time to go <marker>back to the drawing board</marker>.</example>
 <example>It's time to reassess.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #8
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: ballpark figure">

 <pattern>
  <token>ballpark</token>
  <token>figure</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid using the cliché "ballpark figure". <suggestion>estimate</suggestion> is a better alternative.</message>
 <example correction=''>Give me a <marker>ballpark figure</marker>.</example>
 <example>Give me an estimate.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #9
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: benchmark">

 <pattern>
  <token>benchmark</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid using the cliche "benchmark". <suggestion>Point of reference</suggestion> or <suggestion>standard</suggestion> are better. The primary definition of benchmark is: a mark on a permanent object indicating elevation and serving as a reference in topographic surveys and tidal observations.</message>
 <url>http://beta.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benchmark</url>
 <example correction=''>The <marker>benchmark</marker> is last year's figure.</example>
 <example>The point of reference is last year's figure.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #10
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: since sliced bread">

 <pattern>
  <token>since</token>
  <token>sliced</token>
  <token>bread</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid using the cliche "(best thing) since sliced bread". Use <suggestion>in recent times</suggestion> or <suggestion>in recent memory</suggestion> instead.</message>
 <example correction=''>The best thing <marker>since sliced bread</marker>.</example>
 <example>The best thing in recent memory.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #11
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: Between a rock and a hard place">

 <pattern>
  <token>between</token>
  <token>a</token>
  <token>rock</token>
  <token>and</token>
  <token>a</token>
  <token>hard</token>
  <token>place</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid using the cliche "Between a rock and a hard place". Use <suggestion>experiencing a difficult situation</suggestion> instead.</message>
 <example correction=''>He is <marker>between a rock and a hard place</marker>.</example>
 <example>He is in a difficult situation.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #12
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: the bottom line">

 <pattern>
  <token>the</token>
  <token>bottom</token>
  <token>line</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid the tired cliche "the bottom line". Use <suggestion>most important</suggestion> instead.</message>
 <example correction=''>What's <marker>the bottom line</marker>?</example>
 <example>What's most important?</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #13
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: The buck stops here.">

 <pattern>
  <token>The</token>
  <token>buck</token>
  <token>stops</token>
  <token>here</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid the cliche "the buck stops here". <suggestion>The final decision is made here</suggestion> or something to that effect is better.</message>
 <example correction=''><marker>The buck stops here</marker>.</example>
 <example>I make the final decision.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #14
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: catch 22">

 <pattern>
  <token>catch</token>
  <token>22</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid the cliché "catch 22". Use <suggestion>dilemma</suggestion> instead.</message>
 <example correction=''>The situation is a <marker>catch 22</marker>.</example>
 <example>The situation is a dilemma.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #15
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: catch-22">

 <pattern>
  <token>catch-22</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid the cliché "catch-22". Use <suggestion>dilemma</suggestion> instead.</message>
 <example correction=''>The situation is a <marker>catch-22</marker>.</example>
 <example>The situation is a dilemma.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #16
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: critical mass">

 <pattern>
  <token>critical</token>
  <token>mass</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid the cliche "critical mass". Defined as "the minimum mass of fissionable material that can sustain a nuclear chain reaction", the term should not be used in any other context.</message>
 <example correction=''>The situation he reached <marker>critical mass</marker>.</example>
 <example>The situation has reached a critical point.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #17
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: dirty tricks">

 <pattern>
  <token>dirty</token>
  <token>tricks</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid the cliche "dirty tricks". Use <suggestion>dishonest activity</suggestion> instead.</message>
 <example correction=''>The criminal was up to his <marker>dirty tricks</marker>.</example>
 <example>The criminal was being villainous.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #18
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: downsizing">

 <pattern>
  <token>downsizing</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Replace downsizing with a less euphemistic word like <suggestion>firing</suggestion>.</message>
 <example correction=''>The company began <marker>downsizing</marker>.</example>
 <example>The company began firing the employees.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #19
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: elephant in the room">

 <pattern>
  <token>elephant</token>
  <token>in</token>
  <token>the</token>
  <token>room</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid the cliche "elephant in the room". Use <suggestion>obvious problem</suggestion> instead.</message>
 <example correction=''>We have to deal with <marker>elephant in the room</marker>.</example>
 <example>We have to deal with the obvious problem.</example>
</rule>

(TryHardDieHard) #20
<rule id="ID" name="Cliche: emotional roller-coaster">

 <pattern>
  <token>emotional</token>
  <token>roller-coaster</token>
 </pattern>
 <message>Avoid using the cliche "emotional roller-coaster". <suggestion>Emotional difficulties</suggestion> is better.</message>
 <example correction=''>She put me on an <marker>emotional roller-coaster</marker>.</example>
 <example>She put me through emotional difficulties.</example>
</rule>