A list of worn out or vague phrases found in student

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A list of worn-out or vague phrases found in student work, and alternates (or at least advice): Phrase Alternative everyday life can be cut completely or made specific. Consider: everyday life is very different for a college student and, say, a stock broker or homeless person! in today's society today, currently pros and cons advantages and disadvantages, costs and benefits people which ones? Be specific. society who is "society"? Too many alternates exist to list. Instead, be specific about which specific group of people considered this day & age today, presently Dr. Michael Spear, in our Department of Journalism, warns his students to avoid these journalistic phrases because they are so often overused. Many of them crop up in academic writing, too. We have added a few others to this (admittedly incomplete) list. Occasionally they have an ironic effect, or a reader might like them (this writer loves "sands of time") but usually faculty members mark them as inappropriate: all walks of life give the devil his due never a dull moment behind the eight ball hook, line, and sinker nipped in the bud bitter end by hook or crook patience of Job
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  • Fall '12
  • AmyFelix
  • epic battle, Ressentiment, human instinct

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