Is, for example, "He wandered into the kitchen" cliche? I'm leaning towards thinking it is, after investigating the verb "to wander" in online dictionaries. I think "He drifted into the kitchen" would be better. The Cliche Thread could be useful. It might be a helpful device for steering us away from the cliche trap. We could put our most hated cliches in it, as demonstration. Here are the two at the top of my "loathe and detest" list: "The headlights pierced the gloom: - No they didn't! They lit up a dark area in front of them! "The clouds billowed..........." - No they didn't! They moved turbulently! Let's 'name and shame' and discuss these overused relics!