Critical Mass, the blog of National Book Critics Circle board of directors, recently interviewed Tom Walker, book editor of the Denver Post. Among other topics, he talked about book-reviewing cliches that get the delete button, and Critical Mass followed up with another post on phrases to avoid. Oops. I'm guilty of having employed at least two of them: "limns" (when I used to review theater) and "laugh out loud." Oh, dear. I would also add "muscular prose" to the Critical Mass list. Ew. Are there any cliches that you would add to the list?