Thursday, November 13, 2008

As I put pen to paper. . . . (& other clichés)

Have you ever thought about the future of all of the old terms and clichés that applied to the hand-written word such as "pen to paper", "poison pen", "penpal", "put down my pen", "the pen is mightier than the sword" and you can probably think of others? I was never very fond of clichés and yet I miss them a little when it comes to the world of the computer and the web. Even though we tried not to use them and often groaned at the use others made of them, they were somehow woven into the fabric of our writing culture.

Language is a dynamic evolving thing. New words as well as new meanings for old words are being added to our dictionaries every year, especially in the I.T. section. "Web" for instance is an old word with a new meaning. What doesn't seem to have caught up are the idioms and clichés.

What can we say in the place of "pen to paper" that will still sound a bit catchy and maybe even raise a groan from our readers? The field is wide open and I would love some suggestions for new clichés in relation to what we write with our keyboards. Till next time I put down my keyboard. . .


  1. There are less and less people making "mental notes" now. They all carry crackberry's and iPhones to do that.

  2. Hi!!
    Nice to meet you!
    I am Lion and Dragon's cousin Possum!


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