Consider yourself banned from using these in your writing:
1. Groundbreaking/ground breaking. To imply something is groundbreaking means that it is a first of something (e.g., Pasteur’s groundbreaking work in biology). Be honest with yourself—is your product really groundbreaking?
2. Synergy. A synergy occurs when two or more parties combined are greater than the sum of its parts. This word was cool … about seven years ago. Find a new word.
3. Thinking outside of the box. This is a cliché that refuses to die in the business world. Pull the plug.
4. For all intents and purposes. This statement means in a practical sense. It’s meaningless and wastes space. Only use words/phrases that add value to your message.