William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style includes advice on words and expressions that are problematic or often badly used. Where no alternative is listed, their advice is to avoid the use of that word or phrase.
I plan to scan the divestment brief (and my own academic writing) with this list before submission. If I had the programming savvy, I would figure out a way to add these to TextMate‘s syntax highlighting, using regular expressions.