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:
World Wide Web
Traffic metaphors (crossroads, juncture, intersection, turning point)
At the end of the day
Substantive (rather than Substantial)
The other side of the aisle / Both sides of the aisle
To be honest
Mom (rather than Mother), and “Mom jeans”
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.
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