Bleedin obvious

You’ve stumbled into the bleedin’ obvious.  Have you heard of John Cleese of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers?  He had a saying: “That’s a statement of the bleedin’ obvious.”  Be careful of stating the obvious, a truism that everyone knows and no one wants to read.  In even professionally written publications you still see journalists writing statements of the bleedin’ obvious:

  • None of us is getting any younger.
  • We all have to die sometime.
  • There was no television at the dawn of time.
  • A thousand years ago people lived in the olden days.
  • Today we live in modern times.
  • What does or doesn’t happen in the future remains to be seen.

Yawn, y-a- – w—n . . .    In an opening sentence and at most other times, you must let the reader know something she/he probably doesn’t know.  You might like to go through your material and be confident that you haven’t made further statements of the bleedin’ obvious.

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