Cliches, amongst other things. As a writer it’s important to get your message across clearly and concisely with as little guff as possible.

Carlos Lozada over at The Washington Post has an ongoing game with his colleagues where they’ve been putting together a list here of what he calls “verbal crutches, stock phrases, filler words, cliches and perpetually misused expressions” that they avoid … like the plague…

Good advice.