Expressions that should be stricken from use -
All things being equal - what the heck does this mean. If all things were equal we would be in heaven so why use such a phrase.
At a crossroads - No, you are not at a crossroads, you are in the middle of a dilema - but not a crosswords.
Awesome - as opposed to spectacular, stupendous ... awesome is God, not a book or a candy.
Begs the question – why not just say - it raises a question
Bless her (his) heart - as opposed to damn him to hell.
Bottom Line - there could be a top line I suppose.
Breaking news - what news is not breaking. If it is news it could be new or old, but old news is not news - its OLD. And the breaking part - why not simply saying - NEWS.
Cautiously optimistic - glass half filled, or I have a 50/50 chance of dying but am cautiously optimistic I will survive.
Clearly - We could say - Very muddy or unclear, dirty.
Do you have time for a quick question? - how quick?
Ginormous - Humungus
Giving 110% - we all do this, but remember, you can't give more than 100%
Gone missing - as opposed to Gone or Missing
Gone viral - WTF
Green - Yellow
Hit the ground running - when someone falls out of a tree they do not hit the ground ... running.
In no way, shape or form - but in spirit maybe!
In that vein - not mine.
In the days and weeks ahead - In the future we ....
Let me be perfectly clear - Obtuse
Let’s walk this back - why are we walking backward. We could simply revisit the question and reevaluate the situation.
Level the playing field - why is it not level. And if it is a playing field shouldn't it have been level to begin with.
Metrics - I hate metrics
New and Improved - as opposed to OLD AND TIRED
Only time will tell - TIME does not tell, for it is a state of presence, not an entity nor organic.
Partisan Politics - if everyone got along why do we need different political parties. They are naturally partisan and must be.
We need to eliminate these phrases before we reach a tipping point on the slippery slope to hell.