Avoid The Cliches Journalists Use Too Often

At the end of the day, the green shoots of recovery are often destroyed despite an outpouring of support by concerned residents. Those are some of the most commonly used cliches deployed by journalists, and phrases everyone should try to avoid.

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Sally Jackson at the Australian interviewed researcher Chris Pash, who has spent nine years researching the most used phrases in modern media. The biggest offender? "At the end of the day." (A quick database search suggests that I've used the phrase "at the end of the day" three times during my tenure at Lifehacker, not counting this article. Damn.)

It's an entertaining read, and a reminder that good writing requires effort to avoid the obvious. For more cliche guidance, check out 20 cliches to avoid (at all costs).

At the end of the day, ex-journalist counts on hackneyed cliches [The Australian]


    I hate "Yeah, Nah."
    WTF is that? Is it a yes or a no?

    At the end of the day, to be honest but isn't cliche itself a cliche.

    Did you count how many you used the word cliche in this one Angus :L

    Not used so much by journalists as by the politicians and others they interview - "at this point in time". God I hate that pretentious phrase that simply means "currently" or "at the moment"!

    I remember last week when the budget came out.

    In the same publication, on the same day there were two different stories, one "Bitter pill for drug companies" the other "Bitter pill for pharmacy".

    a perfect word storm http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/perfect-storm-a-cliche-that-unsettles-reporters/story-e6frg996-1225873234730

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