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'And you say you check your e-mail on average three or four hundred times a day?'
Tags:doctor, doctors, arm, arms, build up, builds up, muscle, muscles, grow, growth, growths, abnormal, unusual, e-mail, e-mails, email, emails, e mail, e mails, electronic, electronics, mail, mails, check, checks, checking, checker, checkers, excess, excessive, overuse, overused, overuses, close to home
'Whatever you do, don't offer an extended warranty on that nose-hair trimmer.'
Tags:yeti, bigfoot, big foot, hair, hairy, hairs, trimmer, trimmers, trim, trims, trimmed, trimming, nose hair, nose, noses, nose hair trimmer, cut, cutter, cuts, cutting, warranty, extended warranty, hazard, hazards, risk, risky, losing money, loss of money, overuse, overused, the flying mccoys, flying mccoys
"I fear there are only so many bamboo metaphors the average reader can tolerate."
Tags:interview, interviews, interviewer, interviewee, interview skills, interview skill, get hired, hired, hiree, hiring, hires, new hire, new hires, panda, pandas, talking animal, talking animals, job, jobs, new job, new jobs, working world, work, world of work, editorial, editor, editors, censor, censorship, metaphor, metaphors, puns, pun, overused, overuse, over used, over use, bamboo, bamboo joke, panda, pandas, cute, cute animals, manuscript, manuscripts, agent, agents, rejection, reject, rejected, book, books, bookish, book worm, book worms
"The F.D.A. is nuts about it."
Tags:fda, f.d.a., food and drug administration, pharmacy, pharmacies, pharmaceutical, pharmaceuticals, big pharma, pharmaceutical company, pharmaceutical companies, product, products, recommendation, recommendations, recommend, recommends, recommending, pharmacist, pharmacists, prescription, prescriptions, medication, medications, overuse, overused, over-prescribed, over-prescription
Survey result: the average American can identify fewer than ten plants.
Tags:pesticide, pesticides, pesticide use, overuse, overusing, overused, plant, plants, plant life, botanist, botanists, biology, biologist, biologists, biology teacher, biology teachers, environment, destruction, environmental destruction, garden, gardening, lawn, poison, nature, natural world, ignorance, pollution, biosphere, nature, live in harmony, living in harmony
"I've grown numb to exclamation points."
Tags:punctuation, punctuate, punctuating, punctuated, exclamation, exclamation point, exclamation points, exclamation mark, exclamation marks, numb, numbed, numbness, numbing, internet, www, website, websites, grammar nazi, grammar nazis, grammar, grammar police, online, leet speak, lingo, jargon, culture, internet culture, pop culture, overuse, overused, over use, over used, social media, social, marriage, married life, modern, modern life, modern world, geek, geeks, geeky
'If he says 'got milk', I'm gonna bite.
Overused Animal Cliches
Tags:cliche, cliches, cliché, clichés, overuse, overused, happy as a clam, free as a bird, clam, clams, bird, birds, metaphor, metaphors, simile, similes, sea cucumber, sea cucumbers, happy, happiness, free, freedom, sad, sadness, defense, defense mechanism, defense mechanisms, false alarm, false alarms, zoology, zoologist, animals, animal, proverb, proverbs, saying, sayings, expression, expressions, unoriginal, unoriginality
"I think you've got too much moose in your hair."
Raymond froze. As he stared into the mirror, he bean to realize the truth about himself. The truth he had been denying for far too long... It had finally happened. He was completely washed up.
"Here's your problem, somebody tried to shred this CD-ROM."
"If he says, 'got milk' I'm gonna bite."
Warning: Slippery slope of over-used metaphors ahead (majestic pines, crystal streams, etc.). Writers are advised to take alternate path.
Social Media Blues
Tags:social media, social network, social networks, social networking, smartphones, cellphone, cellphones, phone, phones, digital, blues, blues music, smartphone, blues music, blues musician, blues musicians, addiction, interruption, interrupt, music, singer, song, concert, meme, tweet, trend, trends, overuse, addiction, addictions, overused
"This is Jim's second speech on how not to make people mad by talking on your phone. I missed his first speech."
Tags:phone etiquette, cell etiquette, mobile etiquette, smartphone, smartphones, manners, good manners, bad manners, lecture, lectures, polite, politeness, lecturing, lecturer, lecturers, speech, speeches, workshop, irritating habit, irritating habits, annoying habit, annoying habits, bad habit, bad habits, screen time, overuse, addiction, addictions, overused
"He's on a digital detox, they stop him fidgeting with his phone."
Tags:elizabethan collar, elizabethan collars, e-collars, buster collars, e-collar, pet collar, pet collars, pet cone, pet cones, collar of shame, cone of shame, digital addiction, technology addiction, technology addict, technology addicts, overuse, dependency, dependencies, overused, technology dependency, tech dependency, detox, detoxing, fidgeting, fidget, fidgets, social media, addict, addicts, addiction, addictions, buster collar