Cliché Alert

by Mark Krikorian

At first glance, the Washington Post Outlook section’s list of hackneyed words and phrases to avoid is no silver bullet in altering the lexical Zeitgeist of the tight-knit journalism community. Be that as it may, it is important to note that this stinging rebuke may midwife a paradigm shift and bring an ignominious end to a dizzying array of iconic phrases going forward.