Cliche of the Week 25 – Rushed to the scene

November 15, 2010 at 12:19 am Leave a comment

Fire, police and ambulance services make haste to the train smash/house blaze/road accident.

That they are swift in response to an emergency is not news. A leisurely response would be the stuff of headlines.

The phrase “rushed to the scene” appears 300 times a week in mainstream reporting. It’s the reverse of “fled the scene“, something armed robbers do as a matter of form.

“Two navy boats rushed to the scene and sailors shot at the vessels carrying the gunmen and hostages.” (Globe and Mail, November 9)

“Six ambulances and eight fire engines rushed to the scene. Luckily, only about 40 people were on the South West Trains service.” (The Sun, November 6)

“Fire crews from Ashford and Charing rushed to the scene and were able to put the flames out before the fire spread out of the spare bedroom.” (Kentish Express, October 28

“It was not until 21 minutes later paramedics who rushed to the scene managed to turn the life-support machine back on.” (Western Daily Press, October 26)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

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