Cliche of the Week 23 – Broad Daylight

October 31, 2010 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment

Robberies, assaults, murders and other atrocities committed in the glare of broad daylight add a chill to already scary events.

That the crime occurred in daylight, and not under the cover of guilty darkness, tells the reader those responsible don’t care if they are seen.

Used 500 times a week in mainstream journalism, “broad daylight” sits high on the crime reporter’s must-have cliche sheet, along with “fled the scene“, “getaway car” and “shallow grave“.

“An elderly woman was robbed of her lifesavings in broad daylight” (East London and West Essex Guardian, October 26).

“American public opinion, already flagging badly regarding the war, will be further strained: US combat fatalities are running at the rate of two a day, while graft and treachery chugs along virtually in broad daylight” (New York Post, October 26).

“Residents of the neighbourhood where Laura Szendrei was murdered in broad daylight believe the killer may be living amongst them” (The Canadian Press, October 9).

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

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