Cliche of the Week 27 – Worst-case scenario

November 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm Leave a comment

There’s a lot to be scared of in the world, which is why we plan for a worst case.

News gatherers, who like to reflect the lives of the audiences they serve, type the phrase worst-case scenario about 1000 times a week in the English-speaking world.

The word “scenario” can be left out without changing the meaning. “Worst case” means that everything that can go wrong will go wrong. There is only one scenario.

“In the worst-case scenario for investors, months of effort can result in nothing.” (The Wall Street Journal, November 22)

“But sooner or later, we’re all going to have problems and the worst-case scenario, as Berners-Lee points out, is not so much the collapse of the web but its fragmentation.” (The Sydney Morning Herald, November 25)

“The structures, under a worst-case scenario if the water rose over them, could give way.” (The Tennessean, November 24)

“To prevent that worst-case scenario, Canadian and US officials agreed to transfer more water out of Devils Lake through controlled outlets.” (Winnipeg Free Press, November 23)

Cliche of the Week  appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

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