Buzzwords. Corporate cliches. Jargon. It's difficult to resist peppering these little turns-of-the-tongue into your documents, speeches, and everyday life. And that's fine. Everyone enjoys a little spice on the main course. But not all spice is created equally, nor should you add a liberal dash of jargon into everything you do. You can ruin the flavor of your creations and, stopping the metaphor right here, lame jargon makes you sound like you have nothing better to say than the same, stale, repeated phrases.
But what separates good jargon from bad jargon? It's difficult to come up with a definitive rule or principle that can guide your path through the warzone of trite phrases. So how about a trial-by-fire? Below is a list of the top 26 words and phrases that should be eliminated from the English language--or, at the very least, eliminated from your vocabulary. Read them. Study them. Excise them.