Lazy words and stuff

National newspapers always have a ‘house style’ book and journalists get given a copy the moment they sign up. The book shows which words the paper will or won’t use, whether or not ten is written as 10, or ten, and styles for hyphenated words and so on. Ten (or 10) to one, there is also always a pedantic sub editor around who keeps an additional little black book of lazy or weak words he or she hates and they make very sure every hack is aware of it. Woe betides any poor journalist who forgets these lists and uses these words any more than once or twice.