Empty phrases, cliches, and other things to leave out of your writing.

Every word that serves no function, every long word that could be a short word, every adverb that carries the same meaning that’s already in the verb, every passive construction that leaves the reader unsure of who is doing what—these are the thousand and one adulterants that weaken the sentence. — William Zinsser, On Writing Well

  • In this day and age. When exactly is that? Do you really need to tell your reader that you’re writing from the perspective of today? In today’s society is similarly meaningless and unnecessary.
  • Due to the fact that. Couldn’t you simply say “because”?