Myles ahead, or cliché refuses to succumb despite long battle
"Is man ever hurt in a motor smash?"Now, I work for a newspaper, and trust me: People today are still sustaining injuries and succumbing instead of just getting hurt and dying. Why, I don't know. And, as O'Brien might have asked: "To what does a person succumb after a long battle with?"
"No. He sustains an injury."
"Does such a man ever die from his injuries?"
"No. He succumbs to them."
Here's another excerpt from the Catechism of Cliché. Here's a short biography of Flann O'Brien. And here's your question: Which clichés do you find maddening or at least curious?
© Peter Rozovsky 2008