Yup, The Guardian has now started a commentisfree blog entry (A road map for originality) about those annoying words and phrases in the English language. The specific question is “Which other current affairs cliches would you like to see curbed?”
antifrank has posted
“Progress” as a verb
which it is anyway, as well as being a noun. I’m scatching my head about the offence being caused by it.
“Impact” as a verb
I can’t honestly disagree (and it’s also become a cliché as people seem to avoid using “affect”; it’s possible that the unsurprising confusion of “effect” (n; occasionally a verb) and “affect” (vb) has pushed people into the arms of “impact”, which is grossly overused), but it’s OK in American English.
Some of the comments, as you can see, are not germane to the question, but most respondents seem to have kept their eye on the ball. We do have someone else hating “functionality” as we did in the Telegraph. Of course, it may depend on how it’s being used.
So far not that many comments. It may be worth keeping an eye on, but because of the thread’s narrow remit, it’s unlikely to attract the hordes of amateur linguists that the Telegraph pulled in.