Cliche of the Week 18 – Emotionally Charged

September 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment

Particles in the air become emotionally charged when the potential to say the wrong word may push a person over the edge.

A hint of injustice perceived or to come will also emotionally charge the atmosphere. This curious atmospheric phenomenon is reported in the world’s mainstream media 400 times a month.

Usage of ’emotionally charged’ by subject in the world’s media over the last three months


“Families have already been advised to keep letters upbeat, as even the smallest piece of bad news will be magnified out of all proportion by the miners beneath the ground. A phone conversation can be so emotionally charged as to push you straight over the edge.” (The Times of London, August 26)

“The demand came during an emotionally charged news conference at Patterson Park, where Latino and black community leaders gathered to rally against violence, not far from the spot where police say a 51-year-old Honduran man was fatally beaten by a mentally disturbed teen who professed to hate ‘Mexicans’.” (The Baltimore Sun, August 25)

“In the case of the rescue and recovery (ground zero) workers it comes in the emotionally charged atmosphere in which plaintiffs are still deciding whether to accept the settlement.” (New York Times, August 27)

Read Cliche of the Week in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

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