Cliche of the Week 43 – Mystery Surrounds

May 2, 2011 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

Mysteries baffle, surround and sometimes shroud events and issues reported 30 times a week in the global mainstream media.

These stories have unknowns and secrets, but few offer real mystery. A body has been found, the cause of death is usually clear and what remains is to find those responsible.

This is similar to the phrase “police are baffled”, something detectives rarely feel. They usually have a good idea what happened or have a couple of theories. It’s just that they don’t want to speak publicly about it.

“The April 26, 1986, incident is still shrouded in mystery, with some religious-minded people going as far as to claim that Chernobyl, which means wormwood in Ukrainian, is mentioned in the biblical Book of Revelation as a sign of the end of times.” (The Moscow Times, April 26)

“Just days before the nuptials, both the dress and its designer remain shrouded in mystery.” (The Wall Street Journal, April 26)

“Did a calico cat from New Jersey swim across New York Harbour? The mystery surrounds a white, orange and black feline that arrived last weekend on Governors Island.” (The Kansas City Star, April 24)

Mystery surrounds gun deaths of teenage couple on remote estate.” (The Times, April 14)

Cliche of the Week appears Mondays in The Australian newspaper.

(Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008)

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