I didn't know that we have study / surveys capturing some of the oft-repeated terms in the Indian media
. D Murali of Business Line
does a good job of covering this story in the right tone and also comparing this with the experience in other countries. Along with these terms, they should also add 'Exclusive' and 'Breaking News' as the most misused terms by the news channels.
As told `time and again', `fly by night' won't help, if you want to laugh `all the way to the bank'. Nor is waiting with `bated breath' of any avail. `Better late than never' that you became aware of the formula lines.
Happily, we aren't alone in the use of sapped-out words. Factiva's analysis presents the list of `top 20' for media around the world. Down Under, what comes at the very beginning is `at the end of the day', with 2,183 press citations from about 6,000 articles. `In the red' and `in the black' occupy the next two slots, followed by `level playing field' and `unsung heroes'.