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When cliches compete with creativity

I am not much with words. Or for that matter with even sentences. Original sentences, that is.

English is of course not my first language. I have read enough literature in the Queen’s language, though. And the only thing I have achieved by doing that is, now I have collected a sackful of clichés and idioms.

I feel all these great authors have ensured that there is no original thought left unexpressed. Even my phone knows and predicts what I am going to write next.

Not that I get a lot of creative thoughts in my own mother tongue. But it would be nice once in a while to be the first in putting those thoughts in words in a different manner.

They say an average human being uses just a handful of words in his or her lifetime. Was it a thousand words? Or perhaps two thousand? If they did some research on the usage of phrases, the number would be far fewer.

If only I had a magic wand (cliché warning!), I would just wipe my slate clean (!), and clean up the clutter (!) of clichés, to let the originality flow through the crevices of its own formation! The euphemism for this is ‘inspiration’. By that logic, I must be one of the most inspired persons on earth!

My quest for that unique thought with unique expression continues. But I wonder how in the name of Goddess Saraswati, do all these other authors on this Open Page manage to be so expressive and creative. I bet they have some special tool in their phones that warns them as soon as it detects a worn-thin phrase!

Anyway, you have just wasted two precious minutes of your life on this article of nothingness. Now go ahead and read the other articles here while I go and learn some Japanese. Just in case I run out of clichés in the English language.

mangesh18@yahoo.com

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