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November, 2009

The Origin of Cliches

Interesting etymology of the term 'cliche' and its relation to frequently used sets of letters/words in moveable type.
Russell Davies offers up an interesting bit of etymology (at least I think it would count as etymology):
Which reminded me of the origins of the word 'cliche' - in the days of movable type it meant a set of letters/words that were used together so frequently that the printer didn't bother dismantling them. Which got me think about the cliches we're building, and about one in particular - the screen.
I enjoyed that one. The rest of the post/presentation is worth reading as well.
November 28, 2009
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