Byline Madness – The hunt to find the best of the best clichés

October 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm 6 comments

Create a sentence of no more than 50 words containing as many breathless journalistic clichés as you can manage.

 Top marks for creativity, extra marks for using a cliché not yet covered in Cliché of the Week. Even better if the sentence makes some sort of sense.

How: Either post your submission on the wall of the Cliché of the Week Facebook group, as a comment at this post or email me at Mark your submission “Byline Madness”.

The incentive: Apart from the enormous prestige of being the inaugural Byline Madness laureate (chosen absolutely subjectively), the good people at that fine publisher Fremantle Press will send a package of books including The Waterboys by Peter Docker, My Dog Gave Me the Clap by Adam Morris, Brothers by Antonio Buti and, perhaps, one of the few remaining copies of  The Last Whale by Chris Pash.

 Submissions close 18 November 2011

Entry filed under: Cliche of The Week.

Cliche of the Week 67 – World-Class Cliche of the Week 68 – Truthiness

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sarah Ryan  |  October 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Shocked neighbours in the quiet suburban street reported that crazed psychopath Chris Pash ‘kept to himself’. Pash’s frenzied attacks on innocent journalists have left local newspapers struggling for survival and readers reeling. A tsunami of emotion engulfed copywriters when they heard the chilling news of the dramatic and historic siege

  • 2. Bernard Cohen  |  October 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    The double whammy of a great big tax of middle eastern appearance linked to two Sydney models and a cheeky new threat hanging over heroic battlers sitting idle in Labor heartland in our two-speed economy proved no barrier for millions of Australian’s (sic) lining the streets to welcome Queen Elizabeth.

  • 3. chrispash  |  October 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    many thanks. you can see more entries at the Cliche of the Week Facebook page!

  • 5. deeceepeeDavid Paine  |  November 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Perahps not a cliche, more a superfluous word in your latest blog – “useage” where “use” is satisfactory: Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays. The usage of cliches in the media is tracked across the world using Factiva and Dow Jones Insight.

  • 6. deeceepeeDavid Paine  |  November 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Woops, “usage” instead of “use”


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