I recently started revisions for The Witch Hunter's Bible after having not read the book in quite some time. This break allowed me some much-needed perspective, and with this perspective came the realization that I'd really abused the crap out a few words. Take snort, for example. 33 snorts in my book. And huff. Over 40 instances of angry/annoyed huffing in a 300ish page book. Which is weird, because I didn't even realize I was doing it. Also, I don't particularly like either word. But I'm happy to report that there are now fewer than a handful of huffs and snorts in The Witch Hunter's Bible. The book is better for it.
Fellow authors, do you have any clutch words/phrases that you tend to abuse?
On a related note, I'm off to L.A at this very moment for book research! Also, to initiate Plan Locate and Stalk Ian Somerhalder.