Every time a cliche rings, a copy editor gets her wings

An editor urged copy editors at The News & Observer to avoid seasonal cliches such as "’Tis the season" and "Deck the halls." I am all in favor of writers coming up with interesting new turns of phrase, but sometimes one man’s cliche is another man’s cultural lifebuoy.

John McIntyre’s list is the source for my colleague’s self-declared "war on Christmas."

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