Toronto Star

Questionab­le phrase used 85 times too many

- David Nayman, Toronto

Re Standing by the tools of our craft

Column, Jan. 5

Kathy English’s column on words that “inadverten­tly offend” missed the real point. Good writing should never include clichés, such as “falls on deaf ears.” The fact that this hackneyed phrase has been used 85 times in the Toronto Star in the last two years reflects poorly on your newspaper and should be offensive to all of your readers who respect the English language. As my high-school grammar teacher used to say, “Clichés should be avoided like the plague.”

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