I have to expunge it every time I write it, at least. Will allow it when copy-editing other people's work especially when they are a bit rubbish anyway but I just can't use the phrase any more after the whole 50 Shades thing when she bit her lips every five minutes to the point where she must have had a face like a butcher's dustbin.
And this annoys me, a little, because people do bite their lips when they are thinking hard, or confused, or put out.
Joan: Yes, true, but people are more likely to bite their lips when they don't know what to say (about non-sex-related stuff) or they realise that actually they have, or nearly have, given away some information they should have shut up about. THe phrase has been ruined forever. <bites lip in embarassment at own over-reaction>
Urgh the inner Goddess stuff reminds me of a bad self-help book. I write erotic gubbins, for fun not commercial (may occasionally pop up on literotica!). Any biting of her lip is done by him, in my stories!
Oh and if she has an inner Goddess, does he have an inner God? Like an inner Thor, or the beardy one. Crikey.