Clichés Used in Journalism

The Washington Post compiles a helpful list; it’s up to 200. I am guilty of using the following in speaking (and the first one listed here in writing, too – alas):

Any “not-un” formulation (as in “not unsurprising that you’d use that cliche”)

Less than you think (how do you know what I think?)

More often than not

The new normal

For all intents and purposes

Don’t get me wrong …

Some clichés irritate more than others. I tend to stop listening when I hear “Orwellian” or “double-down.”

h/t JG

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