I recently came across the phrase zombie nouns, which was coined by Helen Sword. She’s an author and currently runs a private consultancy to help writers. Back in 2012, she was teaching at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and she wrote an article for the New York Times called Zombie Nouns.
- Write While True Episode 30: Finding Nouns and Verbs
- Zombie Nouns by Helen Sword in the New York Times
- Writers Diet tool for finding zombie nouns