Sorry to get strict with y’all, but I have now read this cliche one too many times:
It has been said that doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results is the definition of insanity…
That was the lede of a press release I got last night from Thad Viers. I think he went on to say something about President Obama’s policies (why, I don’t know, since he is a state rep), but I couldn’t go on after that beginning.
And that’s it. I hereby banish it from the realm…
Here’s another that’s skating close to the edge:
As Pogo said (sometimes it is rendered as “as someone said,” but I’m using the proper construction here), “We have met the enemy and he is us!”
I allowed that one once on the blog yesterday — I won’t name any names — but I’m reaching saturation point.
Maybe I’m the only person here bothered by these constructions, perhaps the result of 35 years of editing mountains of copy about politics. I’m oversensitized. In any case, enough is enough.
To explain, these don’t work because they no longer surprise, and their value depended upon your not knowing what came after the opening words. They were awesome when they first appeared. They were less awesome the second time. Their awesomeness is now into the negative numbers.