Send us your most despised cliches and we'll add them to this master list!
Here are a few of H.W. Fowler's cliches to avoid:
Acid test Blessing in disguise Conspicuous by his absence Damn with faint praise Dim religious light Explore every avenue Fair sex Few and far between Filthy lucre Free gratis and for nothing His own worst enemy Ill-gotten gains Inner man Irony of fate Last but not least Leave no stone unturned Method in his madness More in sorrow than in anger More sinned against than sinning Neither rhyme nor reason Of that ilk Of the ____________ persuasion Olive branches Powers that be Sleep the sleep of the just Splendid isolation Take one's name in vain Tender mercies There's the rub To be or not to be Through thick and thin Tower of strength Weaker vessel
Read the winning submissions in the "I and You" Poetry Competition! Congratulations to Ben Maksym of Grand Isle, Kaytlyn Ann Young of Shelburne and Peyton Cassel of Lancaster, PA! Winners receive complimentary tickets to the Vermont Stage play, "I and You," at FlynnSpace in Burlington! Poems will also be displayed at the theater during the play's run, from April 20 to May 8.
Seventh year for Vermont Writes Day -- and 2016 is a huge success! Here are some photos from Peoples Academy in Morrisville where everyone stopped what they were doing to WRITE for seven minutes! Special thanks to English Teacher Dorienne Cedeno, Principal Philip Grant & Receptionist Michele Walker!
Vermont Writes Day is Wednesday, February 10th, and YWP is urging Vermonters of all ages to take just seven little minutes to write. You can post their stories, poems, essays, songs, rants -- and any other kind of writing you can think of -- for all to see! Post here and use the #vtwritesday hashtag. Post on vermontwritesday.org (open Wednesday; no login needed). Use pencils and pens and crayons and hang in the halls, or do dramatic readings in the cafeteria or the principal's office. JUST WRITE! And have fun!
Vermont Writes Day 2016 Writing Challenges
1. Object: Out of nowhere, an object falls from the sky, landing directly at your feet. What is it and what happens next?
2. Cats: Write from the perspective of anyone or anything in the scene below.
‘’Chole’’, my mom said,’’are you ready for school tomorrow? “Yes,mom.” I’m so ready for 6th grade. I have a new bag, notebooks, and pencils. “Can you brush my hair sis?” my little sister mia said. “Only if you quiet down, Mike’s asleep.” “Mia time to go to bed.” my dad said. One good thing about being older is that I get to go to bed later.
Medium— large audience, embed offline media; text-based, longform. recommend feature means you don’t need to rely on other sites to boost popularity— you can get popular within the site. Can write responses to other people’s posts and a link shows up automatically.
Tumblr— short posts, humor, activism, images. One type of media at a time. Notes = popularity.
Cowbird: need high-quality image, incorporate audio easily.
Exposure: display collection of photos; minimal and descriptive text
Atavist— like medium, with less in-site sharing; can’t subscribe to authors/topics. Side video embedding. Excellent for magazine articles. Limited— 3 free articles/month.
Once upon a time, a gorgeous teenage girl was speeding down a path in the woods on a cool, crisp morn’ away from a terrible wizard. When she stopped to catch her breath he hobbled out from behind a big spruce tree & snatched the girl away to the land of the forgotten. A dreadful place that kept all the evil souls locked up & away from the kind, gentle living people. There he was going to keep her for five dreadful years if the young boy hadn’t stopped him in his tracks. Meanwhile, up in the land of the living, a charmin’ lad overheard the gods speaking. He heard them speak of a beautiful maiden snatched from her family and realized that the gods were too scared to do anything about it, So he set off to find her himself. The gods had seen the lad listening in on them, and had not spoke of the terrible wizard and that he didn't even know where to start looking.