Sunday, November 22, 2009

Block That Cliché

"Bullet hard." Can we please retire this phrase in writing about rock climbing? I don't know much about guns and ammo, but I do know that, unless you're talking about armor-piercing rounds, most bullets are made of lead coated with copper. Neither metal is any match for granite—or even solid sandstone. I've even seen "bullet-hard ice" in ad copy. Seriously?

Now, "bulletproof rock" is an acceptable phrase. But "bullet hard" or simply "bullet"—these have got to go.

Got a favorite overworn climbing cliché? Post it in the comments.

1 comment:

Drew said...

"Splitter" is a straight in, parallel sided crack. It is not weather, your man-love term of endearment for your Colorado brahs, or any of the other crap misuses it has been warped into over the years.