We all talk, and hopefully we all read a great deal, and these forms of communication and built up a resevoir of words that go together and sound right, but are esentially cliches. For example: I say and writes these almost without noticing - but as of recently I've been having a crack down and eliminating them from my writing (not this post though! - Please forget cliched elements of the phrase crack down!). But how? Any one got any opinions on these word couplings? And/or have tips to variate word usage that isn't just, 'use a thesaurus dumb-ass.' How far is too far as well? If you were to shun all predicatable word phrases you may end up with an incomprehensible manuscript so where do you draw the line? Thanks for reading.