"seasoned" and "professional"
"Seasoned professional" is one of those terms I've long relied on. I use it in my own writing and I'm sure I've inserted it into articles I've edited.
But something happened yesterday. I must have seen the pairing one time too many and I just snapped. Suddenly, "seasoned professional" ceased to be a familiar, easy, informative term and became instead droning, meaningless noise in my ear.
I guess I just reached my limit for seasoning my professionals this way.
Yes, these two words have had a great run. But it's time they went their separate ways.