Health Cliché. A cliché is “an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, rendering it a stereotype, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. The term is frequently used in modern culture for an action or idea which is expected or predictable, based on a prior event. Typically a pejorative, “clichés” are not always false or inaccurate; a cliché may or may not be true.” We hear them all the time, especially in writing online and in conversation with people we don’t know that well. And the worst is, perhaps, when someone says something they think is helpful or novel – but it’s actually been said 1,000 times before.
As writers, we’ve been conditioned to actually avoid clichés because they aren’t effective writing. But it’s ok to write about cliches – so let’s do that today. Start out by thinking of a health cliché that really bugs you. What are you tired of people asking you or saying to you again and again about your health or health condition? Write it down. Then, instead of critiquing it (as we often do) – today, reclaim it! Take that cliché back and turn it around so you make it something you could be comfortable hearing or even wearing around on a sandwich board. What if you could always reclaim those phrases, those words, or those expressions related to your condition? By putting yourself in the control room and not letting others dictate your verbiage, you can show your community that it’s not what you say but what you mean.
How did you reclaim the cliché?