The Wall Street Journal has published a list of the top clichés of 2006 based upon the number press citations. The undisputed leader, with 21,430 citations, was “at the end of the day.”

This was followed by such examples as “level playing field,” “time is running out,” and “outpouring of support.”

Clearly, the WSJ is “thinking outside the box,” although that tired phrase didn’t make the list.