Cliche of the Week 53 – Race against time

July 13, 2011 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

A ticking clock is a tested method of adding tension and suspense to a story, while a “race against time“, a quick way to add urgency to a sticky situation, appears to be in greater use lately.

A While “Ticking clock” is used sparingly, around 70 times a month, the more popular “race against time” pops up about 600 times a month in mainstream reporting compared with 400 two years ago.

A race is desperate when lives are at stake, but most races against time are no more critical to survival than the outcome of a sporting fixture.

“Experts are in a desperate race against time to find the source of the most lethal E.coli outbreak in history.” (The Daily Mirror, June 4)

Book Review: “In a race against time, they battle criminals and the Chinese as they bid to beat an obsessed foe and find the missing link.” (Western Daily Press, July 2)

Soccer: “Stirling keeper Callum Reidford is facing a race against time to be fit for Jocky Scott’s side’s opening game of the season when they face Deveronvale in the Ramsdens Cup.” (Scottish Daily Record, July 4)

Cricket: “England know that they face a race against time and the weather to beat Sri Lanka in the third Test.” “(The Times, June 17)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

 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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