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    Another way to say this?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Spine.Cleaver, May 23, 2010.

    Hi guys,

    I want to know if there's another way to say 'stuck in the past'. It's sounds too cliche!

    -Spine Cleaver
     
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    There are many ways, some of whicjh are also cliches, such as "behind the times."

    Use your imagination. You could try something like:
     
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    Not a bad idea. There are at times I don't know how to bring out the creative side in me. Perhaps a lack of experience?

    -Spine Cleaver
     
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    I like Cogito's alternative.

    I think the best way to avoid it will be to 'show' it, assuming you want to use the phrase in a story.

    Also, sometimes it is okay to use a harmless cliché or two if back up by a strong storyline, plot and characters in a story. I say harmless because it won't sound forced unlike some clichés (or should I say most of the clichés). I mean, we are never tired of 'I love you' if used in a good story in the right place.
     
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    Behind in the times, old school, stuck in the past, lost in days gone by, etc. There are many ways to say that someone is as you put it "stuck in the past" and really, there's nothing wrong with a little cliche if you know how to use it and at the right time. Try playing around with the words, and maybe a thesaurus or dictionary.

    As for the inexperience part, everyone has that lack of experience somewhere, it's what makes us human. If you want to fix it, then work on them, ask for advice, practice and get your hands on as much reading materials as possible. But there's nothing wrong with inexperience.
     
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    should be just 'behind the times' to make good sense...
     
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    Do you mean stuck in the past as in this person acts as if he is in the 1870's or do you mean stuck in the past like you want to go back to the future?
     
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    Hahaha what?

    I assumed it meant someone who dwells on the way things used to be.
     
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    True, I just wrote it as I heard it growing up
     
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    "You know Joe? He hasn't flipped his calender for 30 years."

    Think I just made that up...
     
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    unfortunately, a lot of what one hears when little either is not heard accurately, or is just plain poor grammar...
     
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    I'm afriad it's poor grammer, out of my family I'm the only one who has a good concept on writing. After all, my family uses words that doesn't even sound like english even though they are.
     
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    sadly, judging from your latest comment, you picked up their poor grammar [and spelling] more than you may realize... ;-(

    or did you make all those mistakes on purpose, in jest?
     
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    I probably picked up on it, I'm no expert at grammer that's for sure. It's my weakest subject when it comes to english.
     
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    Grammar! (Unless you mean Kelsey.)
     
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    No body is perfect, and if they claim to be ask how many edits they go through with their work. ;)
     
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    What has a writer’s physique got to do with his or her prose? :D
     
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    [translation, if needed: 'no body' in that context should be a single word]
     
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    Y'know, that was my first thought, too.

    AHHHH HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
    Thanks for the graphic correction!
     
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    Thanks for all the great suggestions folks!

    -Spine Cleaver
     
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    I can't think of any short quips as of right now, but I can assure you that there are a plethora of ways to to explain the same thing. Euphemisms and alternative phrases can be found based on the characters in the text and people in real life. Anything associated with the characters past would be great. I know this isn't too great, but you can say "It isn't 1975 anymore!" or "She thinks Elvis is still around." Something like that -- though the examples I've provided are pretty cliche too. :p
     
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    Archaic, antiquated and old fashioned to name a few more.
     
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    Then don't tell it. Show it instead.
     

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