Cliche of the Week 5 – Sick as a parrot

June 28, 2010 at 12:10 am 5 comments

THE football team’s future hangs by a thread as an anxious nation waits to see if pride will be restored.

Individual players look sick as a parrot as they squander their chances and suffer a bitter blow when injury ditches them from the team.

The World Cup coverage turns on the style with bountiful cliches.

Sick as a parrot was apparently popular in the 1970s. Today it appears to be used most by British media to describe disappointment.

Difficult to pick a single cliche from coverage of the World Cup. It’s rare to find anything written about football without an overused phrase. Sick as a parrot is at the lower end of the usage scale.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Natpat  |  June 28, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Woops, I thought you were talking politics. Is that Australia and the state of the nation you’re referring to? Think the description is interchangeable…

  • 2. Bob Lawrence  |  June 28, 2010 at 12:46 am

    I am far more familiar with “sick as a dog”. Maybe Australians with their quarter acre house blocks or their farms (which have working dogs), rat\her than a flat in a Victorian era stack in inner London are more likely to own a dog than a parrot.

  • 3. Ron Corben  |  June 28, 2010 at 5:07 am

    I always thought the parrot was either ‘dead’ or ‘just sleeping’. Yes Bob I know the feeling all too well. I couldn’t say I’ve felt as sick as a parrot. It would not be the first image that would come tio mind. I agree the dog has more relevance here. Speaking from personal experience of course.

  • 4. Bill Kelble  |  June 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    It’s not a cliche to Americans — more of a mystery. Sick as a dog, yes. A Factiva search turns up only three or four uses in American press over the last five years,, and they all seem to be stories aith a UK origin.

  • 5. rob walker  |  July 20, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Yes, Bob. I’m more of a ‘sick as a dog’ man myself. In the 70s parrots were associated with inebriation as in “pissed as a parrot” (i.e. full as a fart)


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