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13 Turns of Phrase That You Should Never Use in a Blog Post (or Anywhere Else) Again

Published: September 24, 2007       Updated: April 23, 2024

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I love Google. Because of Google, we don't even have to argue why the following turns of phrase are trite; the number of search results for each of these overused word combinations proves the point for us.

So please, never again write a speech, blog post or op-ed piece containing the following words or phrases:

1. "despite, or perhaps because of"

2. "the [blank] effect"

3. "a perfect storm"

4. "wardrobe malfunction"

5. "threw up in my mouth a little"

6. "that's hot" (it's trademarked anyway, right?)

7. "not that there's anything wrong with that" (this is going to be a tough one for us)

8. "not so much"

9. "my bad" (this has been a long time coming)

10. "bling"

11. "keeping it real"

12. "at the end of the day" (the most overused phrase of 2006, officially)

13. "[blank] is the new [blank]"

Thank you.

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