He was wrong by a long shot, but he hit one of my Five Top Overused Phrases:
- last/death throes: dying is a bitch, yet sometimes things just won't die
- thanks to: unless you're actually thanking someone, just say no thanks
- swath: section or area should suffice
- decimated: nearly always misused
- tasty: so it has taste; is that good, bad?
Avoid these, and I promise I won't sneer like Dick Cheney.