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Phrases that indicate a hack writer

"crisp white shirt"

"leafy suburb"

Go.

by Anonymousreply 17402/08/2019

Serve with a loaf of warm, crusty bread,

by Anonymousreply 110/12/2018

'Gritty inner city.'

'Quaint village.'

'Fresh as a daisy.'

'Fiercely proud.'

by Anonymousreply 210/12/2018

“Hack writer.”

by Anonymousreply 310/12/2018

"pop of color" and any sentence that uses the word "amazing". Overused for absolutely everything. Annoying.

by Anonymousreply 410/12/2018

"lush instrumentation" in music album review.

by Anonymousreply 510/12/2018

"engorged member"

by Anonymousreply 610/12/2018

Shock of white hair.

by Anonymousreply 710/12/2018

Breakfast nook

by Anonymousreply 810/12/2018

Pert breasts

by Anonymousreply 910/12/2018

a dark past of his/her own

by Anonymousreply 1010/12/2018

"Close-knit community."

by Anonymousreply 1110/12/2018

Anything with the word "hearth" in it

by Anonymousreply 1210/12/2018

Best-selling author.

by Anonymousreply 1310/12/2018

They are so blessed to . . .

by Anonymousreply 1410/12/2018

A dark and stormy night

by Anonymousreply 1510/12/2018

"cautiously optimistic"

by Anonymousreply 1610/12/2018

an axe to grind

by Anonymousreply 1710/12/2018

Fuck you, R15.

by Anonymousreply 1810/12/2018

"...has emerged as a thought leader in..."

by Anonymousreply 1910/12/2018

Yes!! I HATE "Crisp white..." that has been written on here many times. It sucks.

by Anonymousreply 2010/12/2018

"informed by" follow by a noun and not a person.

by Anonymousreply 2110/12/2018

[quote] "pop of color" and any sentence that uses the word "amazing". Overused for absolutely everything. Annoying.

I beg to differ.

by Anonymousreply 2210/12/2018

"hearty soup"

"nutritious meal"

"fiercely independent"

"well-appointed living room"

"cozy bedroom"

by Anonymousreply 2310/12/2018

from a good family

by Anonymousreply 2410/12/2018

"truth be told"

by Anonymousreply 2510/12/2018

by Maggie Haberman

by Anonymousreply 2610/12/2018

"Presenting hole."

by Anonymousreply 2710/12/2018

Fadi Fawaz Saga part whateverthefuck

by Anonymousreply 2810/12/2018

What's on his ipod?

by Anonymousreply 2910/12/2018

an LGBTQ person!

by Anonymousreply 3010/12/2018

"my president"

by Anonymousreply 3110/12/2018

To be or not to be, etc etc

by Anonymousreply 3210/12/2018

"rolling hills"

"neatly mowed lawns"

"multicultural potpourri"

"brisk walk"

by Anonymousreply 3310/12/2018

Kudos, R26. (Hope "kudos" isn't indicative.)

by Anonymousreply 3410/12/2018

"The sky was so blue that day."

by Anonymousreply 3510/12/2018

"Phrases that indicate"

by Anonymousreply 3610/12/2018

"Differently-abled"

by Anonymousreply 3710/12/2018

Salt of the Earth

by Anonymousreply 3810/12/2018

"Sure, Jan"

by Anonymousreply 3910/12/2018

"the tragic death of ... "

by Anonymousreply 4010/12/2018

Useless synonyms for the verb “said”.

“lklklkl,” she sighed.

“Jhjhjhj,” he confessed.

by Anonymousreply 4110/12/2018

Inflection point

by Anonymousreply 4210/12/2018

“Impacted” as a verb.

by Anonymousreply 4310/12/2018

Ha, R41, I used to edit a guy who used a different verb every time he quoted someone.

by Anonymousreply 4410/12/2018

Pendulous breasts or pendulous cock

by Anonymousreply 4510/12/2018

“Sure, Jan”

by Anonymousreply 4610/12/2018

Ha. “Sdsdsdsd,” he bristled, r44.

by Anonymousreply 4710/12/2018

"at the end of the day".

by Anonymousreply 4810/12/2018

She said nothing...

Exclamation points!

by Anonymousreply 4910/12/2018

Slim pins

Pretty in pink

by Anonymousreply 5010/12/2018

punctuation

by Anonymousreply 5110/12/2018

"He suddenly lifted me, then carried me to my boudoir, where he passionately ravished me all throughout the night."

by Anonymousreply 5210/12/2018

EVOO Yum-O De-lish Sammie Nutrish! - dog food that’s being sued for allegedly containing pesticides. RUT-row.

by Anonymousreply 5310/12/2018

Farm-fresh anything

by Anonymousreply 5410/12/2018

when TV writers say 'we wanted it to be organic'

It SHOULD be organic, but I get to (yes, get to, it's a treat) sit through two weeks of writers promoting their new TV shows and I don't mind it being said again and again; I just don't like it when it turns out not to be true when I see the show.

by Anonymousreply 5510/12/2018

'in the hands of a lesser actor/actress'

again, that one is used by reviewers.

by Anonymousreply 5610/12/2018

Her "battle with cancer."

by Anonymousreply 5710/12/2018

R44, I try not to go overboard on that, but says says says...said said said gets a little old sometimes. but yes, it can be overdone doing just said/says

by Anonymousreply 5810/12/2018

Oscar-caliber performance

by Anonymousreply 5910/12/2018

Though mined for all the tropes of its antecedent, and responsible for the launching of a thousand memes, the work still manages to transcend limitations of its genre at every turn.

by Anonymousreply 6010/12/2018

Meaty nutloaf

by Anonymousreply 6110/12/2018

Going forward,... And at the end of the day.

by Anonymousreply 6210/12/2018

sumptuous

by Anonymousreply 6310/12/2018

Cradling a mug

by Anonymousreply 6410/12/2018

TV weather is rife with clichés: bus stop weather; grab your umbrella; rumbles of thunder; old man winter; streets are like a skating rink; good sleeping weather- leave those windows cracked; Spring is in the air.

by Anonymousreply 6510/12/2018

An exclamation point at the end of any sentence that isn't surrounded by quotation marks.

by Anonymousreply 6610/12/2018

I hate that r66!

by Anonymousreply 6710/12/2018

R65 ..grab an extra blanket tonight.

by Anonymousreply 6810/12/2018

Vapid valley girl internet speak. It has become par for the course in alot of once decent internet magazines /publications . It's cloying, self indulgent and juvenile. I hate reading articles about politics or news that read like the ramblings of a high school girl but this type of writing has become very widespread.

by Anonymousreply 6910/12/2018

Hack critics:

"Arguably the best actor of his generation"

"Sophomore outing" when referring to someone's second album

"Witty, poignant and wise"

by Anonymousreply 7010/12/2018

R69 So has alot! I'm sure it was a typo.

by Anonymousreply 7110/12/2018

The steak was so tender it melted in the mouth, and service was on point.

by Anonymousreply 7210/12/2018

crimson lips

by Anonymousreply 7310/12/2018

(just read on a post on another thread) "Stop playing that old saw, will you?"

by Anonymousreply 7410/12/2018

"Decadent dessert."

by Anonymousreply 7510/12/2018

Hidden gem.

by Anonymousreply 7610/12/2018

Both sides ....

by Anonymousreply 7710/12/2018

__ years young.

Farm to table.

Freshly cracked egg. [From numerous McDonald's commercials].

Roving bands of negro youths. [1950s-'60s TV news riot coverage].

"White stuff." [TV weathercaster second reference to snow].

by Anonymousreply 7810/12/2018

"penetrating gaze"

by Anonymousreply 7910/12/2018

She emerged from her reverie...

by Anonymousreply 8010/12/2018

Menu writer who use: "[insert cooking verb] to perfection."

Ex.: " ...grilled to perfection!"

by Anonymousreply 8110/12/2018

He said with a chuckle.

by Anonymousreply 8210/12/2018

I heard a woman scream.

by Anonymousreply 8310/12/2018

Just a word: "iconic".

by Anonymousreply 8410/12/2018

"based off" instead of "based on"

by Anonymousreply 8510/12/2018

granular

by Anonymousreply 8610/12/2018

Cognizant

by Anonymousreply 8710/12/2018

Do not visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, R84!

by Anonymousreply 8810/12/2018

Emerging/raging tumescence

by Anonymousreply 8910/12/2018

Price point instead of price.

by Anonymousreply 9010/12/2018

there are no hack writers, only hack work.

by Anonymousreply 9110/12/2018

Game Changer.

by Anonymousreply 9210/12/2018

"My nephew Joel....."

by Anonymousreply 9310/12/2018

"Her eyes narrowed suspiciously". "raging hormones".

by Anonymousreply 9410/12/2018

'On a regular basis.'

by Anonymousreply 9510/12/2018

“At the end of the day..”. “The feel good movie of the summer.” News-isms: “Back to you guys in the studio.” “There’s a lot to unpack.” “Here’s the tick tock.” “The news conference centered around.....”

by Anonymousreply 9610/13/2018

"Thou shalt not...."

by Anonymousreply 9710/13/2018

Throbbing love muscle.

Turgid member.

by Anonymousreply 9810/13/2018

Of course the fat fucks on this board associate writing with food

by Anonymousreply 9910/13/2018

Iconic

Impactful

by Anonymousreply 10010/13/2018

r99 only associates food with filling his fat fucking face.

by Anonymousreply 10110/13/2018

ahead of his skies

too much on his plate

by Anonymousreply 10210/13/2018

R101 is portly

by Anonymousreply 10310/13/2018

[quote]ahead of his skies

I've never seen this before.

by Anonymousreply 10410/13/2018

nacreous layers of permacum

by Anonymousreply 10510/13/2018

I can't stand "Broke her silence" - "Broke his silence"

by Anonymousreply 10610/13/2018

I've never said that, r106.

by Anonymousreply 10710/13/2018

^ Most people don't actually go around saying it but it does preface many news reports/articles.

by Anonymousreply 10810/13/2018

Journalese = journalism which by definition is hack writing, efficient or otherwise. Stock phrases convey information fast without attempting originality.

OP seems to be requesting examples from lazy or second-rate authors who fall back on stock phrases when fresher language might reasonably be expected.

by Anonymousreply 10910/13/2018

Most DLers are not professional writers/authors or journalists. Their talents are elsewhere.

And many authors today, particularly self published (self-help) ebook authors have experience, knowledge and insights and ideas to share but no professional writing background. If their book is interesting and/or helpful I don't care if they use words or phrases that I dislike and wouldn't use. Grammar and spelling are important and they should have hired an editor to scan the text, at the very least, but I just cnn't get into nitpicking words and phrases I dislike if the content is helpful and addresses my needs.

by Anonymousreply 11010/13/2018

*can't*

by Anonymousreply 11110/13/2018

"for a long time I went to bed early."

by Anonymousreply 11202/03/2019

oh my!

by Anonymousreply 11302/03/2019

sun-soaked mountain

by Anonymousreply 11402/03/2019

I looked at him quizzicaly.

by Anonymousreply 11502/03/2019

Use of the words “prone” and especially “supine”, and within the same paragraph for extra credit.

by Anonymousreply 11602/03/2019

[quote]ahead of his skies

Is this said of uppity flight attendants?

by Anonymousreply 11702/04/2019

R39 gets “Sure, Janned” a lot.

by Anonymousreply 11802/04/2019

I'm good to go.

Robust.

by Anonymousreply 11902/04/2019

Anyone needlessly deploying “cis” , “privilege”, “intersectional” or any other overused fashionable buzzword phrase

by Anonymousreply 12002/04/2019

Franzen

by Anonymousreply 12102/04/2019

...faintly falling, falling faintly.

by Anonymousreply 12202/04/2019

Pushing the envelope

by Anonymousreply 12302/04/2019

When critics describe a film as “lyrical”

“Light bites” written on party invitations

by Anonymousreply 12402/04/2019

The word "exquisite."

by Anonymousreply 12502/04/2019

"Chuckle." In virtually every gay novel, the characters never laugh, they chuckle. The authors of those novels are also extremely fond of using the term "the man"as not only second reference, but third, fourth, and so on to infinity; e.g., "Chad held the man tightly;" As he shot jets of ropey cum, Chad looked the man in the eye," etc.

by Anonymousreply 12602/04/2019

86'd

by Anonymousreply 12702/04/2019

For his (or her) part,

by Anonymousreply 12802/04/2019

The words "grin," "grinned," and/or "grinning."

by Anonymousreply 12902/04/2019

R109 Like “shooting spree’” “authorities say,” “is now behind bars.”

by Anonymousreply 13002/04/2019

For songwriters:

Rhyming "fire" with "desire"

Rhyming "baby" with "maybe"

by Anonymousreply 13102/04/2019

Symmetrical gloryhole

by Anonymousreply 13202/04/2019

"She walked into the room, looking radiant without a stitch of makeup"

Fashion and celeb magazines do this a lot.

by Anonymousreply 13302/04/2019

For songwriters: Rhyming "fire" with "desire" Rhyming "baby" with "maybe"

Or "wife" with "life"

"arms" with "charms"

by Anonymousreply 13402/04/2019

"Myself" is always and only reflexive.

Don't misuse the word "impacted."

by Anonymousreply 13502/04/2019

"Impacted" should be used only to describe wisdom teeth.

by Anonymousreply 13602/04/2019

Or bowels!

by Anonymousreply 13702/04/2019

When I was born, Diedre wept sweet tears...

by Anonymousreply 13802/04/2019

She's as lovely as a spring day

by Anonymousreply 13902/04/2019

"clutch" as a synonym for "hold"

"newly minted" as in "newly minted MBA"

"daunting"

"baffled"

by Anonymousreply 14002/04/2019

“raised to be fiercely independent. “

by Anonymousreply 14102/04/2019

Champion of the Oppressed

by Anonymousreply 14202/04/2019

intersectional, intersectionist, interrogate, appropriate, discourse, gender (verb)

by Anonymousreply 14302/05/2019

Academia is filled with horrible, jargon-choked writing. Especially in the humanities.

by Anonymousreply 14402/05/2019

"grievance studies"

by Anonymousreply 14502/05/2019

Gifted as a verb

by Anonymousreply 14602/05/2019

he said, angrily

by Anonymousreply 14702/05/2019

" piercing blue eyes"

by Anonymousreply 14802/05/2019

“He’s the bad guy”; “I’m not the bad guy”; “I don’t want to be the bad guy.” It’s juvenile gibberish.

by Anonymousreply 14902/05/2019

"Turned on her heel"

by Anonymousreply 15002/05/2019

Any "crisp", for that matter.

by Anonymousreply 15102/05/2019

Dan Mallory.

by Anonymousreply 15202/05/2019

"basked in the sunshine"

When does anyone ever "bask" in anything?

by Anonymousreply 15302/05/2019

"Yolk of his soul"

I think you mean 'yoke' dear. Even with a published novelist editing your PhD / debut novel, you still wrote that.

by Anonymousreply 15402/05/2019

R152 Bolt off!

by Anonymousreply 15502/05/2019

love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love (genius!!)

by Anonymousreply 15602/05/2019

Would ‘pristine pressed white shirt slightly creased’ be okay?

by Anonymousreply 15702/05/2019

"Rosy fingers of dawn"

by Anonymousreply 15802/05/2019

R52 wins so far

by Anonymousreply 15902/05/2019

[quote] "lush instrumentation" in music album review.

Unless it was Barbra Streisand hiring the Israeli Philharmonic to turn the Hebrew kiddush over the wine into a sub-operatic aria.

by Anonymousreply 16002/05/2019

R52 is a quote from Miss Lindsey’s unpublished memoirs

by Anonymousreply 16102/05/2019

Eat my ass R158!

by Anonymousreply 16202/05/2019

The maiden's ample bosom heaved with desire at the thought of her returning sea captain.

by Anonymousreply 16302/05/2019

The twink's ample dick heaved with desire at the thought of his returning NFL quarterback

by Anonymousreply 16402/05/2019

K knightley

by Anonymousreply 16502/06/2019

"Thoughts & Prayers ™"

by Anonymousreply 16602/06/2019

In book reviews: “luminous”

In songs: rhyming self with “shelf” as in, put your heart back on the shelf, come down from the shelf, left on the shelf

by Anonymousreply 16702/06/2019

Siskel and Ebert used to love to point out hack writing scenes in movies - like the car crashing into the fruit stand which was in any movie that had a car chase.

by Anonymousreply 16802/06/2019

"All my life, I've been…"

by Anonymousreply 16902/06/2019

^ Roger Ebert's Little Movie Glossary is a hilarious compendium of cliches and hackneyed scenes.....I've read it so much the cover is falling off my copy of it

by Anonymousreply 17002/06/2019

Please cover your ass

by Anonymousreply 17102/08/2019

it is what it is

misuse of pronouns her or him - I just heard David Muir do this in a promo = her and her mother approached I think it was

by Anonymousreply 17202/08/2019

The DM has its' own private language of cliches - slim pins, pert posterior, flawless figure or complexion, makeup free, soft waves...

by Anonymousreply 17302/08/2019

“Fully qualified” (adept, accepting, etc.) “Qualified” will do.

by Anonymousreply 17402/08/2019
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