samedi 16 octobre 2010

Clichés [English]

Le présent article a été rédigé par Jonathan Goldberg, que je remercie. Une traduction en français sera publiée demain.


Cliché (also spelled cliche) noun

Definition

1  a trite phrase or expression; also : the idea expressed by it
2  a hackneyed theme, characterization, or situation
3 something (as a menu item) that has become overly familiar or commonplace
  
Note: The English word cliché, although derived from the French, in no way means a photographic negative or snapshot

Examples

  1. a speech filled with clichés about “finding your way” and “keeping the faith”
  2. The macho cop of Hollywood movies has become a cliché. 
Origin

French, literally, printer's stereotype, from past participle of clicher to stereotype, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 1892


The seven most overused clichés

1. At the end of the day
2. Split second
3. About face
4. Unsung heroes
5. Outpouring of support
6. Last-ditch effort
7. Concerned residents

Source: news.com.au

For an interesting article on the subject of clichés, see « Oxford Dictionaries: Try thinking outside the box!” (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/page/cliches)

For a satire of the English stereotyping of France and the French, see the videoclip “Cliché ! english version” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERD2TnMNH98

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