All journalists have their stack of favorite words and phrases that they visit every so often. One of mine is the phrase “every so often.”
But when journalists start to collectively overuse certain words and phrases, other journalists take note.
In this case, it’s The Daily Beast
, which created a list of phrases that journalists should avoid:
• Unbiased, nonpartisan
• National conversation
• Walked it back
• Some say, experts say, critics say
The list shouldn’t stop there. A couple years ago, the Columbia Journalism Review
shared a list of words
that in 1997 former New York
magazine editor Kurt Andersen labeled “words we don’t say”:
• Sport (as a verb)
• (Any city’s) finest [referring to cops]
I’d concur with most of these. And while I’m at it, let’s add “concur” to the list. What would you add to the list?