Bruce Ussery offers:
For months now I’ve been noticing the phrase “whole new way” used numerous times daily in TV commercials, news stories, and print ads. I guess a “whole new way” is much more exciting and newsworthy than a mere “new way”. It’s a miracle we survived so long without all these whole new ways. I just did a search for the phrase using Google – 10,600,000 hits.
(Counting Google hits also should be banned … since nobody knows what the counts mean and nobody’s gonna make sure each of those 10.6 million hits is relevant. — tm)
Barry (sorry, no last name) avers:
I nominate the term “political correctness” – this phrase has lost all meaning and it’s tedious that the media express this term without any real thought.
Charlie Stough included the following in his latest BONG Bull:
URGENT APPEAL. A Canadian hack who avoids hackneyed words and phrases like the plague (his own description) asks, “How about an appeal in a future BONG bulletin for a moratorium — no, make that a total cessation — on the use of overworked words in print?
“What happened on Sept. 11, 2001 was ‘horrific.’ A car crash on a highway, however, sad that it takes three or four young lives, does not
compare with 9/11 in enormity but it seems ‘horrific’ has become the buzz word used by hacks to describe any tragedy beyond an ordinary event involving death or destruction.
“Icon: What did we use before we had this one? How often is it used in its proper meaning?
“And, one we see a lot: Coffers. Isn’t a word which used to describe containers for holding money in bygone years a bit antiquated in this
day of accounting by computer and instantaneous transfer of sums around the universe?
“I’m sure you and your many devoted readers can come up with many more words and phrases currently being grossly overworked and/or beaten to death on the pages of newspapers today — not to mention the electronic media.”
Yes of course, whatever we can do to ease the burden of our Canadian hack brethren. We never hear the word “hustings” until election time, when it becomes an instant cliche. “Warchest” is another of the same ilk, and we don’t mean warch, warcher, warchest. Who whistles at a
“whistle-stop?” And when was the last real stump seen at a “stump
speech?” Would the Secret Service let a candidate even climb onto a stump, and risk being nipped by a termite?
Brian Cubbison in Syracuse nails one he found in The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif.
“Most voters didn’t want Dean’s finger anywhere near
the nuclear button.”
Shocking news: There is no button. It doesn’t work that way. The truth is
much more interesting.
Bruce, just Bruce, offers:
Here in Georgia, one of North America’s tornado regions, I’d love for some caffeine-deprived reporter to someday slip up and write that “the tornado sounded like a golf ball, and it dropped hail the size of freight trains“.