Words and phrases that bother NPR staffers

NPR standards and practices senior editor Mark Memmott writes in his Tuesday blog post: “Words and phrases matter, of course, because we’re in the business of writing and telling stories that are compelling and clear.” Getting them wrong and relying on “cliches and shopworn phrases” gets in the way of NPR’s mission, he notes.

These words and phrases annoy NPR staffers:

* “In the wake of.” How about “after” or “following?”
* “Ordinary people” and “real people.” As opposed to what?

* “Dude.” There’s really only one.

* “Confined to a wheelchair” and other phrases that imply a judgment about someone’s condition. A simple substitute: “Uses a wheelchair.”

* Don’t Be Reticent Or Reluctant About Flagging The Words We Overuse, Misuse Or Otherwise Abuse (npr.org)
* Earlier: Words and phrases that WaPo’s Outlook section avoids (jimromenesko.com)