Someone in our office started circulating this article today about a director of a radio station in Chicago that composed a list of 119 words or phrases that the reporters should never use again. He says eliminating the words will make it seem more like the reporters are talking, not reading from a script.
Memo puts WGN news staff at a loss for words
The station was in an uproar due to the number of words/phrases being forbidden, but also because most people felt this was a waste of time and resources (especially since the company was trying to pull out from bankruptcy). Also, how was it to be enforced?
Read the article and the list of forbidden phrases here