Last month The Washington Post released a list of 150 "verbal crutches, stock phrases, filler words, cliches and perpetually misused expressions" that the writers of its Sunday Outlook section try to avoid.
For professional communicators who - like our team at Lovell - spend a lot of time writing, the list of "Things We Do Not Say" is a good reminder of what lazy writing can look and the importance of choosing clear, descriptive words and phrases. Here are a few of my favorite offenders from the list:
To read the full list, visit the Washington Post story at this link. Additionally, the Oxford Dictionaries "Language matters" blog provides a list of common cliches, as well as tips for eradicating them from your writing.
What cliches do you dislike the most? Tell us about it in the comments section.
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