Jeremy Wagstaff contributes:
“Fighting for his/her political life”
I really hate it, though I can’t put a finger on why. I guess it just seems so irritating that journalists might be so convinced of the importance of their beat to compare negotiating a speedbump in one’s political career with someone on life-support.
I’m adding this one at the suggestion of a Prints the Chaff reader.
How about confining references to Mecca to the city in Saudi Arabia?
A pilgrimage to Mecca is one of five things a Muslim must do at least once. What say we avoid likening a sacred duty to stopping by a vacation spot, nightclub or spa?
David Giffels of the Akron Beacon Journal wonders:
How many more “slain” gunmen must we endure before headline writers exit the middle ages? Knights “slay” dragons. Modern killers simply kill. (“Senselessly.” But that’s an issue for another day.)
Bruce the Sanity Inspector would ban:
Stories which bemoan the fact that there are “no easy answers“. Well, if there was an easy answer, I wouldn’t be reading about the subject in the newspaper, now would I?
I see that Jennifer Grieco beat me to abominating the lazy “center around“. The only situation I’ve ever known where it is physically possible for something to center around something, is an lp on a phonograph spindle.
Lynne Sherwin of the Akron Beacon Journal opines:
I just HATE HATE HATE it when a tragedy of some kind takes place and the survivors are always described on TV as “searching for answers.” “Friends and family are searching for answers tonight after Wile E. Coyote was crushed by a falling anvil.” Just what the hell was the question?
Thomas Marzahl suggests:
As an editor at Agence France-Presse, I frequently run into the word
“dusty“, usually used to describe a town or village where not much is going
on and is rather run-down. Inevitably it’s a place in the Third World or
developing world… I don’t think there’d be a lot of people who would
describe a small Bavarian village or an English hamlet as dusty. So it’s the
Tubmanburgs in Liberia, or Bunias in DRCongo that get labeled as such…
carrying with it a whiff of condescension.
Banned for life? I’m not sure. But dusty should be used with extreme care.