Plain Speaking

24 April 2004

The Plain English Campaign cites the top four overworked cliches and phrases. They are:

  1. At the end of the day
  2. At this moment in time
  3. Use of ”like” (as if it were a form of punctuation)
  4. With all due respect

Overworked phrases also making the list include:

  • 24/7
  • absolutely
  • address the issue
  • around (in place of ”about”)
  • awesome
  • ballpark figure
  • basically
  • basis (”on a weekly basis” in place of ”weekly” and so on)
  • bear with me
  • between a rock and a hard place
  • blue sky (thinking)
  • boggles the mind
  • bottom line
  • crack troops
  • diamond geezer
  • epicentre (used incorrectly)
  • glass half full (or half empty)
  • going forward
  • I hear what you’re saying..
  • in terms of…
  • it’s not rocket science
  • literally
  • move the goal-posts
  • ongoing
  • prioritise
  • pushing the envelope
  • singing from the same hymn sheet
  • the fact of the matter is
  • thinking outside the box
  • to be honest/to be honest with you/to be perfectly honest
  • touch base
  • up to (in place of ”about”)
  • value-added (in general use)

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