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Avoid cliches like the plague

It's an old joke, but I did enjoy this from the BBC magazine . . .

According to an online survey, cliches like "at the end of the day", "24/7" and "literally" are among the most reviled. Here are 20 more that particularly irk Magazine readers.

1. My vote for most irritating cliche has to be "basically" . I even manage to irritate myself by using it, although I do try not to.
AS, Salford, England

2. A few minutes ago I said "basically" was the most irritating cliche. I've changed my mind: "To be fair" is the most awful thing anybody can ever say, particularly since it is invariably followed by a biased and utterly unfair comment.
Ian, Sheffield

3. My most hated expression has to be "to be honest" . What does it mean? Are you normally dishonest then? To my shame you might even catch me saying it.
John Airey, Peterborough

4. It has to be "going forward" , used by business people/politicians, as in: "Go…

Burry Port Opera review

Burry Port Opera – Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci at Burry Port Memorial Hall

SOME 57 years of experience goes a long way in showbusiness. So, you know when you buy the ticket, you are guaranteed a good show from Burry Port Opera.
The opera group’s latest annual production was the double-header operatic treat of ‘Cav and Pag’.
Burry Port opera shows are well known for the clever balance of professional singers supported by a dedicated and enthusiastic local chorus.
It’s a neat formula which works, year in and year out. This latest production - the group’s fourth stab at Cav and Pag – was, in fact, the latest in a series of annual performances dating back to 1951.
The stars of the shows here were Suzanne Manuell (playing Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and Nedda in I Pagliacci) and Richard Lloyd Owen (playing Turiddu in Cav and Canio in Pag).
But Richard Lloyd Owen would be the first to admit that top billing had to go to Suzanne Manuell, who was worth every penny of the admission pri…