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News Script Groaners
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Ever try writing a bit of a fictional news report only to find that it just doesn't sound right, because, after all, you don't normally write news scripts? I know I have. But never again. Next time I need to insert a news report in a story, I'm heading over to The 100 Worst “Groaners” at

Here are 100 useful cliches to put into the mouth of your fictional news anchor. Robbery gone bad, clash with police, death toll, killing spree, lucky to be alive, reduced to rubble, under fire, watched in horror, the search is on, and many more words and phrases that I never realized I'd heard repeated so often until I saw this page.

Just reading the phrases strung together makes me feel like I've listened to a newscast, even without any news in between. Here at home, in the aftermath of allegations, area residents held talks. Details are sketchy.

Thanks to these groaners, you might not be a real newswriter, but you can sound like one. Authorities say this is a major breakthrough.

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