Cliché of the Week – Resting Easy

December 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm 1 comment

From ‘in a nutshell’ in January to a ‘can of worms’  in December, Cliché of the Week covered 45 over-used journalistic phrases in 2012.

Cliché of the Week is taking a break at the beach to read newspapers and, hopefully, turn research into readable words for a new book (a biography of Canadian Bob Hunter). Back in late January.

Thank you to all who suggested clichés in 2012. Keep sending them in.

And think about the honour of being the 2012 Byline Madness Laureate by creating a cliché ridden sentence of no more than 50 words. More on that later.

Here’s this year’s list of journalistic cliches:

In a nutshell; Golden Opportunity; Fighting for Life; Uphill Battle; Eye-popping; Doing it Tough; Fast-paced; On the Table; Elephant in the Room; Landslide; Hit the Ground Running; A Raft of Measures; Hardcore; Mystery Surrounds; Lucky Escape; New Normal; On the go; Run for your money; Meteoric Rise; Game Changer; Brutal Murder; Innocent Victim; Far reaching; Race against time; Foregone Conclusion; Regime Changes; Bucket List; Kick the Can; Learning Curve; Legend; Strongman; Informed Sources; Feral; Outcomes; Like a toy; Left little to the imagination; Quality Journalism; World-Class; Truthiness; Completely Destroyed; Political Assassination; An Early Christmas; De Rigueur; Clinging to Life; Hit the Big Time; Can of Worms

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

Cliches are tracked across the world using Factiva and Dow Jones Insight.


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Cliche of the Week 75 – Can of Worms Cliche of the Week 76 – Lucky to be Alive

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jeremy Phillips  |  December 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I noticed one today, for your consideration: “amid fears”. We all did one hell of a lot of things “amid fears” in 2011.


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