Personally, I cannot say that I have always stuck to the great man’s strictures, but as he admits, neither did he. We all love striking, newly-minted phrases, often assembled by our always inventive global world-English pals, the Aussies, the Kiwis, the Indians, the Mexicans or the Americans, and often we get stuck in a groove. You get the point – avoid, avoid, always avoid clichés. Good high school English teachers told you this but we all, occasionally, must remember to stop ourselves from slipping back into bad habits.
Our wonderful English language – part French/ Latin, mostly Germanic, is the world’s best expressive linguistic tool. It is ever-responsive, adaptive, always willing to incorporate new meanings and expressions from Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Portugese, Cantonese, global speak, and advertising-talk into its ever-loving maw.
All British Commonwealth speakers of English should give thanks regularly that the 18th Century United State Congress voted, narrowly, to make English, not German, the official language of the USA. Its wise decision saved our civilization from, oh, you know, the upturn of things like, rule of law, Habeus Corpus and parliamentary democracy.