Regarding "at this point in time": We'll go on record and say that this
one phrase that should never be used.
Because Words Are a Terrible Thing to Waste
If you're striving to write
concise, compelling copy for your website, you're not about to waste
words. But far more often than we'd like, useless words still pop up.
Among the culprits:
– In spite of the fact that
– Due to the fact that
– It can be seen that
– As a matter of fact
– It should be noted that
– It goes without saying that
– Not to mention that
– At this point in time
That's not to say that these
phrases should never be used. (OK. We'll go on record and say that "at
this point in time" is one phrase that should never be used.) But these
words rarely add meaning or value to your copy—particularly in web
copy, where every word counts.
Lynch, "Guide to Grammar and Style," September 11, 2006.