In last week’s news meeting question, inspired by a list of forbidden words from Kurt Andersen’s days as editor of The New York Times Magazine New York, we asked you to help us make our own list of stale and lazy phrases that you’re tired of seeing and hearing from news outlets. Looking at the comment section, we’ve got a pretty good collection going; here’s what you’ve sent in so far:

Transparency

Strongman

Cutting edge

World Wide Web

Game changer

Robust

Love child

Illegitimate

“Adult conversation”

Iconic

Paradigm

Canoodling

Traffic metaphors (crossroads, juncture, intersection, turning point)

“-gate”

Brutal murder

Savage beating

Vicious attack

Deadly tornado

Destructive tornado

Bete noire

At the end of the day

Street smarts

Endeavor

Persevere

Regime

Going forward

Substantive (rather than Substantial)

The other side of the aisle / Both sides of the aisle

To be honest

Quite frankly

Mom (rather than Mother), and “Mom jeans”

Lawmaker

Tipping Point

Going Forward

Bloviate

Underwater

Impact (when used as a verb)

Walking something back

Throw under a bus

(Feel free to keep adding to the list, here.)

Correction: This article originally stated that the “words we don’t say” list dated back to Kurt Andersen’s days as editor of The New York Times Magazine. Andersen never edited that magazine. We meant to say that it dated back to his days as editor of New York. The relevant sentence has been fixed. CJR regrets the error.

The Editors