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Not fit for purpose: the year’s most overused phrases in journalism

John Rentoul has revised and updated his ‘Banned List’ of overused phrases – typically by journalists – and it is well worth a read by writers of all kinds. It continues to warn against the criminal practice of turning nouns into verbs (action, disconnect, leverage, storyline, among others), as well as irritating, incomprehensible acronyms (IMO, IMHO, LOL, ROFL and so on) and tired phrases (learning curve, raising awareness, celebrating diversity).

Following Rentoul’s efforts, Journalisted has turned its expert counters of all things journalistic to 2010’s most overused phrases.

Writers of all kinds, beware.

Full Journalisted Yearly round-up at this link…