Cliche of the Week 11 – Anytime Soon

August 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm 2 comments

Moving forward, we are unlikely to see change anytime soon in the written usage of cliches.

The phrase “anytime soon” appears in the media globally around 30,000 times a month. In Australia, it’s a minor player at 25 times a week.

“Whoever wins the job, a transition isn’t likely to happen anytime soon.” (July 21, Wall Street Journal)

Usage of 'anytime soon' in global media, according to Dow Jones Factiva

“Although he pines for some degree of normalcy to return to his life, he knows that won’t happen anytime soon.” (July 20, Washington Post)

The phrase is more likely to be used by those who report the financial markets and those who are the subject of such stories. “The housing market isn’t expected to improve anytime soon.” (August 4, Dow Jones News Service)

The other big reporting usage is sports coverage.

Deleting the whole phrase is a good start and in most instances taking out the “anytime” improves the sentence. Don’t expect that to happen soon, however.

Read the Cliche of the Week in The Australian  newspaper on Mondays.

Types of stories in which 'anytime soon' appears in the global media, according to Dow Jones Factiva


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