Ordinary language is all right.
One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.
Leave room for a little more vanity.
Split us up, or bring us all down.
Dirty everyone's hands.
Cast us as ourselves.
Side with neither side.
Convict with words, then let the reader look for someone to arraign.
Quote worn-down phrases.
Be the one who's not letting it pass without comment.