"Reach out" The media always reaches out. The can't possible just contact someone....no...they reach out. EVERYone in media uses that phrase. Reach out implies you are feeling empathy, sympathy, concern, all the other terms that I will spare you from. "Contacted" is more like it as far as the media's use of the word is concerned. The false implication of concern they don't even realize they are doing, is annoying. Gosh I'm on a roll here with overused inappropriate phrasing in media!
Meanwhile, I am pruning back, or trying to, my use of exclamation marks from a constant THREE of them when I wanted to emphasize something to a mere one! Now, if I could prune back my over-use of commas I think I would be cited for some writing awardie. I am the comma QUEEN!
I have aways used ellipsis throughout my writing of anything. Stories, blogs, you name it. They come in handy but I had to break myself from too many of them as well. And no one can write in phrases more so than I. I have no idea where or when I picked up that habit. Wait. I think I do know. It was during my career where a written documentation of all conversations, telephone particularly or otherwise was of vital importance so I invented my own shorthand out of necessity.
Here..have a cookie with that coffee and you over there, pull up a chair. Plenty of room here at the table.
Whoops...carry on while I steam clean the bathroom floor. WAY overdue for a good thorough cleaning. Like Arnold, I'll be back.
See the heron? I got him (along with the chiggers) in the wetlands.