Cliche of the Week 39 – Landslide

April 4, 2011 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Landslides rumble into reporting around 1000 times a week.

Sometimes the stories deal with soil slippage but more commonly landslide is associated with an election as in “landslide election victory”.

In the week following the NSW election, “landslide” surfaced in the mainstream media 300 times, while “defeat” came up almost as many times and the word “dump” appeared more than 20.

“The bloodletting from rank-and-file Labor members and the MPs who lost their seats in the landslide election has begun, with many blaming ‘a few bad eggs’ in the party for the catastrophic loss.” (Sydney Morning Herald, March 28)

“New deputy NSW premier-elect and re-elected member for Oxley, Andrew Stoner, says Saturday’s election landslide was a vote for real change.” (Manning River Times, March 29)

“Mr Orban, whose Fidesz party has concentrated enormous power in its hands since securing a landslide election victory last year, said Hungary would not bow to foreign pressure on any front.” (The Irish Times, March 17).

“They believe their party has abandoned the cause of deep spending cuts that spurred the Republican landslide in the 2010 midterm election.” (Wall Street Journal, March 29).

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

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