I have decided to use the commonplace book to go through bits of Bryson's book. This is a thing I enjoy even though this kind of stuff bothers a lot of people. I will do a few words each week, paraphrasing from his book.
"Admit to" is almost always wrong. Remove "to." You admit a misdeed, you do not admit to it.
"Advance planning" is common but always redundant, since all planning must be made in advance.
"Aggravate" means to make a bad situation worse. People can never be aggravated, only circumstances.
"All intents and purposes" is a redundant waste of words; replace with "in effect".
"Anxious" comes from "anxiety," and so should contain some sense of being worried or fearful. I should not be used to mean eager or expectant, as in "I am anxious to see a new play".
"Blueprint" is overworked as a metaphor. If you must use it, remember that a blueprint is a finished plan and not a preliminary one.
"Celibacy" does not mean abstinence from sex; it means unmarried. A married man -- for example, Cyclops when he talks about is vow of celibacy in Morrison's New X-Men annual -- cannot be celibate, though he can be chaste.
"Close proximity" is tautological, since "proximity" means "close."
"Collide, Collision." Collisions occur only when two or more moving objects come together; if a vehicle runs into a stationary object it is not a collision.