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The characters in my strip, set in Africa's Western Rift Valley, are: the Foolish Pride of lions (Leon, the haughty and lethargic King of Beasts; his queen, Leona; and their cub Lionel, an unpromising heir to the throne); Secretary Bird, a liason between the Royal Court and the rest of the animals; cerebral, man-imitating Ape, a reader of the Substandard; peevish Rhinoceros; harmless but senseless Ostrich; Crocodile, resident of the much-frequented Watering Hole, and his dentist, Crocodile Bird; Honey Badger (alias Ratel), the "Meanest Animal in the World", and his one associate, Honeyguide; Mumbo the elephant, a descendant of Jumbo and a butt of jokes about his weight and the size of his ears and nose; Duncan the dung beetle; ill-favored and unwashed Warthog; the craven, henpecked male and shrewish female hyaenas, both of them foul-smelling and perpetually at war vs. the lions; the mistaken-identity-plagued zebras; slow and superannuated Tortoise; Oxpecker, a companion of large herbivores; Hugh the chamaeleon; and walled-up Mrs. Hornbill.

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14 October 2011

Uncommon Commentary #219: Trite Makes Right? Not at My Site

The following are the catchphrases that currently annoy me the most (in no particular order). I forbid visitors to the Doman Domain to use these clich├ęs under any circumstances.

  1. game-changer
  2. sea change
  3. game [sic] the system
  4. endgame [sic]
  5. 24/7
  6. 9/11
  7. Ground Zero
  8. cutting-edge
  9. high-tech [sic]
  10. hi(gh)-def [sic]
  11. high-res [sic]
  12. state-of-the-art
  13. brutal(ly) murder(ed)
  14. carbon footprint
  15. wake-up call
  16. heads up
  17. food for thought
  18. the brink
  19. _ community
  20. -friendly
  21. -bashing
  22. (multi)cultural diversity
  23. multi-task
  24. max out
  25. e-
  26. bio-
  27. Euro-
  28. mega-
  29. -gate
  30. -cam
  31. zero tolerance
  32. here goes nothing
  33. walk the walk (and talk the talk)
  34. next level
  35. next generation
  36. extreme (sports, &c.)
  37. Got _?
  38. got game
  39. over the top
  40. A-list
  41. perfect storm
  42. go big
  43. go viral
  44. demonize
  45. marginalize
  46. empower
  47. Red Zone
  48. comfort zone
  49. new normal
  50. nonstarter [sic]
  51. no-brainer
  52. fail [used as a noun]
  53. leverage [used as a verb]
  54. partner [used as a verb]
  55. dialogue [used as a verb]
  56. app [sic]
  57. it's not a question of "if"; it's a question of "when"
  58. moral compass
  59. the elephant in the room
  60. both sides of the aisle
  61. off the charts
  62. bucket list
  63. so [followed by a noun]
  64. fracking [sic]
  65. flash mob
  66. robo-call [sic]
  67. boots on the ground
  68. at the end of the day
  69. _Care [sic]
  70. push back /pushback
  71. zero-sum
  72. man up
  73. iconic
  74. Greatest Generation
  75. Tea Party