Cliche of the Week 28 – Accident waiting to happen

December 5, 2010 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

Most roads and economic highways are an accident waiting to happen.

We live with likely disasters and there’s always someone willing to say, mostly after the fact, that this was an accident waiting to happen.

The phrase “an accident waiting to happen”, generally used to connote a dangerous situation, gets used in mainstream reporting about 100 times a week.

“The North Shore Squash Club has spent thousands trying to stop people jumping into the lake, its president saying it was an accident waiting to happen.” (NZ’s Newstalk ZB, December 1)

“Traffic-calming measures could be implemented along a busy road in Wraxall, which residents have described as an accident waiting to happen.” (Bristol Evening Post, November 30)

“Another accident waiting to happen could be a decision to appoint an unknown technocrat to lead the European Central Bank when Jean-Claude Trichet retires next autumn.” (Financial Times, November 29)

“Observers are taking an increasingly dimmer view of Japan’s economy, summed up today by New York University Professor Nouriel Roubini as an accident waiting to happen.” (The Globe and Mail, November 2)

Cliche of the Week  appears Monday in The Australian newspaper.

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