Cliche of the Week 60 – Strongman

August 29, 2011 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

Military strongmen have increasingly been elbowing their way into mainstream media coverage over the past few months.

Late last year, “strongman” was appearing around 600 times a month in news reports. But in March, the word surfaced more than 3000 times as the strongman of the Libyan kind faced rebels.

The word is often linked with “military” and is similar to “ruling military junta”, itself a cliche and tautology. A junta is a group of military rulers. No need for “ruling” or “military”.

“Tripoli celebrated into the early hours of Wednesday after rebels overran Muammar Gaddafi’s compound, despite finding no sign of the Libyan strongman or his sons.” (Agence France-Presse, August 24)

“The forces, used for decades by the strongman to quell internal dissent and protect his regime, are blamed for much of the violent crackdown against street protests in the spring.” (The Wall Street Journal, August 24)

“Israel has co-ordinated the movement of Egyptian troops in the peninsula with the ruling military junta in Cairo since February, allowing up to five battalions in the peninsula.” (Washington Times, August 23)

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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