Cliche of the Week 56 – Bucket List

August 1, 2011 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

A bucket list, now an essential element in life plans, can sometimes include a post-life list.

The phrase soared into usage in late 2007 with the release of the movie Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

Usage peaked in 2008 when it appeared in news reports more than 1000 times a month. It dropped off after that but recently has been spotted in 500 news reports a month from about 200 two years ago.

“Jack Nicholson, we are told, is toying with the idea of being suspended from a tree and picked apart by vultures when he dies. It’s called a sky burial, an old American native practice, and the actor reportedly told German television last year that being disposed of in such a manner could be on his post-bucket list.” (Calgary Herald, July 12)

“Coolmore founder John Magnier doesn’t have many dreams unfulfilled left in racing but Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, the Cox Plate, remains on his bucket list.” (The Sydney Morning Herald, July 4)

“The marathon was part of his bucket list, if you want to call it that.” (Sunshine Coast Daily, July 26)

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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