The Washington Post’s Outlook section has reached a watershed in compiling journalistic clichés.


There are some good ones on the list, literary mines that the Erik Wemple Blog itself attempts to avoid. Like:

The narrative (unless referring to a style of writing)

Needless to say (then don’t say it)

Double down

And some head-scratchers. Like:


Totally legitimate verb.

Reading through the list, though, confers a sense of professional self-loathing. As in, how can one industry inflict so much pain?

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.