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Banned Words

22 July, 2015

John Rentoul, chief political hack for The Independent, has been compiling a shame-file of banned words for the last few years, buzz-phrases that have lost their buzz. Shame-file might well be listed in a future edition.

Nonetheless, in his current book, The Banned List (A Manifesto Against Jargon & Cliche), the culprits are familiar, from age-old question to your call is important to us. And other bugbears below.

For this week's Storm, a chance to freshen some stale modernisms. Who can compose the zingiest clues, ensuring a definition element or allsion is included. God speed.

BOOTS ON THE GROUND

COMFORT ZONE

DEATH KNELL

EPIC FAIL

FALSE DAWN

GAME-CHANGER

KICKSTART

LEARNING CURVE

NO-BRAINER

PARADIGM SHIFT

REINVENT THE WHEEL

SILVER BULLET

WOW FACTOR

Enjoy the jaded!

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