I would add 2 things that I view as more recent trends, but which I feel are bad habits:
- Using “kind of” or “sort of” to modify other adjectives or clauses. Example: “What we’re seeing here is a kind of terrible tragedy in our culture”. Well, is it a terrible tragedy or not? Commit to your statement! Those kinds of modifiers can endanger credibility and weaken the message you mean to convey.
- Beginning sentences with “So…” A lot of ink has been spilled on this topic, but suffice it to say, it gets super annoying. For those who hadn’t noticed it yet, you will. You can’t unhear it now!