For your reference, Newswriting.com has compiled a list of overused phrases that can make your copy seem boring:
You know â€˜em. You love â€˜em. But canâ€™t we live without â€˜em? Groaners are those horrible, overused, hackneyed phrases that turn news copy into boring, â€œsame old, same oldâ€ stuff.
Allegedly – NOBODY, not even cops and district attorneys, NOBODY in real life says â€œallegedlyâ€ in regular conversation. Do you tell your neighbor that someone allegedly broke into your house? Do you tell your buddy that the mayor allegedly took a bribe? Why then, would you say such a thing to your television neighbors?! If youâ€™re worried about legal protections, try these alternatives: â€œPolice say Jones broke into the storeâ€. â€œProsecutors are claiming Smith embezzled the moneyâ€. â€œThe U.S. Attorney says the Congressman took a bribe.â€