My STYLE GUIDE that I expect students to use includes tiresome words to be avoided when producing essays for third level. I borrow from Northern Michigan's Lake Superior State University 43rd Annual List.
The 2017 list of phrases not to be used include the following:
-- Let me ask you this
-- Drill down
-- Let that sink in
According to Jeff Karoub from the Associated Press, the top vote getter is "fake news".
Personally, I despise "whatever" wherever it appears.
You can instill greater respect for etymology by following Jeff @jeffkaroub Karoub on Twitter.
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business in the Limerick Institute of Technology. Image of Fake News from the Washington Post.]