Cliche of the Week 31 – Golden Opportunity

February 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

(With thanks to Amanda Curtin in Western Australia for suggesting this one)

Opportunities emerge, and fade, with a golden glow that only some can perceive as a chance at the big one.

The sporting fields, the turmoil of the business world and the minds of politicians are fertile pastures for that golden opportunity.

The phrase slips into reporting in the mainstream media up to 700 times a week.

“Francisco Gonzalez, BBVA’s chairman, said turmoil among Spain’s savings banks — known as cajas — is a golden opportunity to grow, even as the local economy remains moribund.” (The Wall Street Journal, February 3)

“In the 55th minute, they missed from point-blank range, and a few minutes later Risa Brudney crossed a ball to Fallon Vaughan in the box but she couldn’t catch up to it, spoiling a golden opportunity.” (St Petersburg Times, February 2)

“Anthony Elding, who ploughed a hapless lone furrow up front, had a golden opportunity to pull one back late on after a slip by Nick Fenton, but Warrington was off his line quickly to deny the striker.” (Manchester Evening News, February 2)

“Tim Cobbold, the new chief executive of De La Rue, has a golden opportunity to reinvent the business.” (The Daily Mail, January 22)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

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