Clearly, it is a hot-button issue that raises the question why a spotlight hasn't been shone on it before.
Last night, we told you about a Wisconsin editor who wrote a stinging rebuke to journalists who misused the word, 'iconic.' Which is everyone in the profession, from raw recruits to grizzled veterans, it turns out.
Going forward from 'iconic,' a Washington Post editor heaped a boatload more cliches to be avoided, many of which we would never use on As It Happens.
Then we asked you to give a hundred and ten percent, probe the issue, and offer us your suggestions for hackneyed or misused prose that should be outlawed.
And many of you took to your keyboards.
Sally Barker of Victoria, BC, sent this e-mail:
"The overused, and frankly quite ridiculous expression that I have learned to hate is "Let me be perfectly clear". First of all, it is impossible to be 'perfectly clear'; in fact it's impossible to be 'perfectly' anything. Secondly, this statement is almost inevitably followed by information that is, if not opaque, then only marginally intelligible. It is almost exclusively used by politicians who may falsely believe that they are so 'iconic' that their words will be accepted as gospel, even in their opacity!Thank you Sally Barker of Victoria, BC, for that message. And Marion Raycheba of Toronto sent us a list, that included these gems:
"Find the efficiencies, cut the fat, go into yourself, year over year, level the playing field, go-to guy, go viral, and, "totally."
"Please," she concludes, "stop me before I go, well, totally into myself."
That was from Marion Raycheba of Toronto.Talkback also had lots to say, although it seemed to shine our proverbial spotlight on one expression in particular. Here's a group effort: