Cliche of the Week 68 – Truthiness

October 24, 2011 at 9:45 am 1 comment

Today, something different. Little is left to the imagination as feral winds of change toss quality journalism like a toy in a race against time towards far-reaching and game-changing outcomes, informed sources say.

This sentence has some “truthiness”, a taste of truth to it, or at least appears at first light reading to make some sort of sense but crumbles on closer look.

At 30 words, it does have a lot of journalistic cliches, most of them appearing at one time in Cliche of the Week, and is entirely made up, a nonsense fiction.

Create your own cliched news fiction masterpiece of 50 words or less and be in the running to be the inaugural Byline Madness laureate.

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

Apart from the enormous prestige of being crowned Byline Madness laureate (chosen absolutely subjectively), the good people at Fremantle Press will send a package of books.

Either post your submission as a comment at or at the Cliche of the Week Facebook group or to

Mark it Byline Madness and get it in by November 18.

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.

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

Entry filed under: Cliche of The Week.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Australian Cryptic « Australian Crossword  |  November 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    […] a tangent, a few weeks ago Chris Pash in his “Cliche of the Week” column proposed a competition to create an amusing paragraph using only clichés. The example he gave […]


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