Language: how some phrases date themselves

Here’s a little something for those who enjoy observing the sometimes strange and sometimes curious evolution of language.

In a delightful piece in last week’s edition of The Economist, the magazine probes how clichés fall out of sync with the times.
And yet they survive.

Some examples:
Do you burn the midnight oil?
Do you know anyone still trying to jump on the bandwagon?
Do others get the riot act read to them?
Do you check if the coast clear?
In the age of nanotechnology, are some things still as complicated as rocket science?

Clichés are truly markers of society and language in transition.
Read all about it in the article here.

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