If you're guilty of using buzzwords, lazy cliches, or tired expressions (and that's probably most of us!) you'll want to take a look at the 43rd annual list of banished words released by Lake Superior State University.
The Sault Ste. Marie university has been compiling their List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness since January of 1976, and usually has its finger firmly on the pulse of word-lovers' pet peeves for the year.
Nominations are received from around the world, although entries that have previously appeared on the list are not considered, which after 43 years, is quite a few -- 900 or so.
It will likely surprise nobody that "fake news" is on the list this year, as well as annoying little gems like "unpack" and "drill down" (the business world is often responsible for heinously useless words such as those two).
Here's the list, along with LSSU's commentary on why each was chosen.
Unpack -- Misused word for analyze, consider, assess. Concepts or positions are not packed, so they don't need to be unpacked.
Onboarding/Offboarding -- Creature from the HR Lagoon. We used to have hiring, training and orientation. Now we need to have an "onboarding" process. Firings, quitting, and retirements are streamlined into "offboarding."
Lists from past years and submission information for 2019 are all online at LSSU's Banished Words site.