(A parade of words and phrases eligible for retirement.)
To “get a word in edgewise” once,
I guess, was clever, witty, wry,
But now it’s old, and just a dunce
Would think he was a crafty guy
To use it. Where’s a synonym
We can employ? We need it now—
Although I know the chance is slim—
Before we break the language bough
And fall to earth, right in the dust,
As inarticulate as sheep.
So think of synonyms—a must!—
Before cliché puts all to sleep!