Cliche of the Week 38 – Elephant in the Room

March 28, 2011 at 9:55 am 1 comment

That scary elephant in the room no one wants to acknowledge tiptoes around but he appears to be spending more time in Japan recently.

An early journalistic use of “elephant in the room“, according to the news database Factiva, was in The Wall Street Journal in 1985. Today, the news trumpet sounds this phrase up to 400 times a week.

“Let’s shine a light on the elephant in the room before we continue” (Edmonton Journal, March 22)

“The elephant in the room, the question not asked — at least by the American press — that relates to America’s ultimate responsibility is this: How does this unintended nuclear disaster at the Japanese nuclear power plants compare with the disaster caused by the two nuclear bombs intentionally dropped on Japan by the US in August of 1945?” (USA Today, March 22)

Soccer: “The impending need to replace Didier Drogba has been the elephant in the room for several years at Chelsea” (The Times, February 16)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

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