#StopTheCliche- Not everyone is rich


We love how we are able to get alternatives to overused words with our #StopTheCliche series. Today, we want to help you find alternatives to the word rich.

This shouldn’t be so hard.

Rich is an adjective used to describe somebody that has a great deal of money.

But there are different levels of riches. You can’t possibly call someone who has a million dollars rich and then call another who has a billion dollars rich too.

It’s because of this that we have compiled a few alternatives for this word.

Affluent, cash rich, wealthy, prosperous, substantial, opulent, well off, well to do, with deep pockets.

We hope you will use any of these alternatives next time.

#StopTheCliche – Don’t be caught using these phrases


We have been able to prove that cliches are boring and sometimes uncalled for. However there are just some that you shouldn’t be caught using. We’ll be highlighting the worst of them in today’s post

The rest is history. Can this phrase become history too? It is used to wrap up a story or state that you have no further insight into a discussion. We’d appreciate it if you can find an alternative.

Don’t cry over spilt milk. Nobody actually cries over spilt milk. So technically this phrase is irrelevant. It’s not nice to undermine someone’s pain by asking him not to cry over spilt milk. Find another way to console somebody when they are confronting an issue.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Who came up with this phrase? Why is it used so frequently to ‘remind you that everything will be fine in the end?’ Isn’t there another way to say this? We bet there is.


#StopTheCliche – This word also needs to go


Do you think we are beginning to sound angry on the #StopTheCliche series? Well it is because there are so many words that just need to go.

Today we’ve found another word that is fast becoming a cliche, its ‘In fact’. In fact is used to affirm that something or an event actually happened. Most people use this word to prove a point or support their claims, which is good.

However you really need to stop using just this word. There are many fishes in the water!

Did you know that the following words mean the same thing as in fact?

As a matter of fact, de facto, genuinely, in reality, in truth, in point of fact, indeed, veritably.

Let us know if you get to use any of these words.

#StopTheCliche – We’ve got other alternatives for this word


Hello we hope you have enjoyed the previous #StopTheCliche posts. If you are reading this for the first time, we suggest you go through previous posts.

There is a word that overtime has become ineffective. It’s worn out and needs to rest.

This word is used to emphasize a statement or opinion. Who knows what it is? The word is ‘Really’. It seems people can’t get enough of the word because that’s what everyone uses.

Let’s give you alternatives to use.

Decidedly, downright , extraordinarily , exceptionally, exceedingly, extremely, genuinely, immensely, thoroughly, remarkably, truly, undeniably.

We hope this helps you write better.

#StopTheCliche- We know life is not a bed of roses


Idioms are group of words whose meanings cannot be deduced from those of the individual words. They usually have their distinct meanings.

Before we continue this post we have to establish that there is absolutely nothing wrong with idioms. But there is a tendency to over use them if you get too familiar. Allowing this to happen means that the idiom to lose its savor.

One idiom that is becoming very common is ‘Life is not a bed of roses.’ While it’s tempting to use this idiom when you want to tell someone that life is not perfect, there are other ways of expressing that thought. 

When you are tempted to say this phrase stop for a minute and re-phrase your sentence.
This should help increase the life span of the idiom.

#StopTheCliche – We’ve got more phrases that should go


Last week we highlighted phrases we were tired of seeing. More phrases have joined that list but can you guess what they are?

Take a look at them.

All for all and one for all. This means everyone should work for the team and not for themselves but isn’t there a better way to express this thought? There is absolutely nothing wrong with phrase but if you keep using it the inevitable will happen. This phrase will die. Let’s do the right thing by getting alternatives.

All that glitters is not gold. This cliché means just because something looks attractive does not mean it is genuine or valuable. Simply put attractive things are not always as they seem. The only issue is that we are starting to hear it every time. Please get other options.

What goes around comes around. It’s not every time you should sound so ‘profound.’ Why can’t you just say justice was served or you will reap what you sow? Sometimes you have to use the easiest ways to pass your message across.

#StopTheCliche – Just find other alternatives

Man shouting with chalk speech bubble

Today’s topic says it all. The phrases we’re highlighting on today’s post just need to go. The only option you have is to find alternatives to use in sentences or articles.

In a bid to describe people, some phrases have been battered by consistent use and have lost their shine. These phrases are our focus today;

  • Fit as a fiddle – This is used to describe a person in a good shape but we’re not sure the phrase is in good shape. It has been used countless number of times and needs to rest. There are other ways to tell that a person is fit.
  • As brave as a lion – We do not know anyone who has not heard this before. This phrase describes a very brave person. Although lions are quite brave, we are sure you could find other ways of saying this.
  • As meek as a lamb – If you want to say a cliché to describe a person who is too weak and humble you don’t always have to say ‘he is as meek as a lamb.’ Why don’t you simply say ‘he is unassuming’ or ‘he is a modest man.’

What other phrases do you think should be on this list? Leave your answers in the comments box.

#StopTheCliche- You are not always tired


Are you ready for another #StopTheCliche series? You will love today’s post.

After all the hustle and bustle of the day’s work you get back home tired, weak or probably in dire need of sleep. You tell everyone who cares to listen that you are tired and need as much rest as you can get but they still bore you with so many unnecessary things. It’s probably because you did not emphasize how tired you are.

There are different levels of tiredness and these words explain the different levels; burned out, drained, drowsy, exhausted, jaded, knackered, raddled, sapped, spent, weary, worn out.

So the next time you want to say you are tired make sure you use the right word.

#StopTheCliche – These phrases just have to go


Do you know that just like words, phrases can also become boring and weak? Using them all the time can do more harm than good to your work.

Let’s discuss some phrases that creep into your work without your notice and how to manage them:
1. As in. This is meant to give more information or make something clear. The only problem here is that we are beginning to hear this too many times. Aren’t there any other ways of making things clearer?

For example I like tea, as in I drink it every day. This is correct but there are other ways of saying this. You can say “I like tea, I even drink it every day.

2. At the end of the day. This is something that you say before you say what you believe to be the most important fact of a situation. Just like the first phrase this is not wrong but shouldn’t be used all the time.

Look at this exampleWe interviewed many people for the job, but at the end of the day, we didn’t think any of them could handle it. Although this is not wrong you could say, “We interviewed many people for the job, however, we didn’t think any of them could handle it.

#StopTheCliche – Enough of this word


Dear Sparkle Writer how has your week been?

We have discovered another word that has to go and we are so excited to share it with you.
Have you noticed how many times you hear the word ‘seriously’ in a day?

Look at these examples:
• Seriously I am tired.
• His dog is seriously injured.

It’s almost like if people don’t use ‘very’, the only option available is seriously. All that is about to change. We will give other words, apart from ‘very’ that can aptly describe what you mean. Here they are – Acutely, badly, completely, contemplatively, critically, dangerously, dourly, earnestly, extremely, genuinely, gravely, grimly, humorlessly, meditatively, pensively, ruminatively, sincerely, soberly, solemnly somberly, sternly thoughtfully, totally, truly, utterly.

What other words can be used in place of seriously?

Leave your answers in the comment box.