Literary pet peeves

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Wed Mar 19 01:18:55 EST 2003

On Sun, 9 Feb 2003, Charles Butler wrote:

> > > My pet peeve of
> > > writing styles is when an author uses a phrase so many times it
> > > becomes trite in his/her books
> Agreed! For example: I really enjoyed Iain Banks's _The Bridge_,
> and I was struck when someone with a hangover talked of mustering
> 'a quorum of neurons' in order to take part in a conversation.
> Tried _Walking on Glass_ next - and there was the same phrase.
> Result? I still haven't read another Banks.

Using a phrase twice in twenty books is using it so many times it
becomes trite?

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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