My least-favorite journalistic cliche is “time will tell.”
Despite the president’s charm offensive, some pundits say that the world will end next Tuesday. Time will tell.
As a journal editor, I could make my own list, particularly those stupid bits of wordiness that get between the reader and an actual thesis statement, in which the writer actually takes a position on the issue.
Some sample candidates:
I plan to explore the intersection between . . .
In this paper I will argue . . .
This article compares . . .
Get out of the spotlight, academic writer, and say something about something.