Cliche of the Week 76 – Lucky to be Alive

January 30, 2012 at 9:33 am 1 comment

More people are Lucky to be alive today than two years ago as they dodge lightning, fight killer bugs and are plucked from raging seas.

This one sits with lucky escape as stating the obvious.

The reader will decide, based on the facts, whether someone is lucky to be alive or whether they were in the right place to escape injury or made the right decisions which kept them from major harm.

Lucky to be alive is used about 450 times a month in the global media, up from 150 two years ago.

“A Perth father is lucky to be alive after being struck by lightning early on Friday morning.” (, January 23). So lucky that he videoed the strike.

“A seriously ill child who fought the killer bug that has claimed the lives of three premature babies is lucky to be alive today.” (Belfast Telegraph, January 21)

“Two local children are lucky to be alive after being pulled from the water in a dramatic rescue off Papamoa beach.” (Bay of Plenty Times, September 20)

“A DeLand couple say they are lucky to be alive after a police officer opened fire near their house, hitting two men, the couple’s dog and grazing their infant daughter’s foot with debris.” (Daytona Beach News Journal, Florida, January 23)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

Cliches in the media are 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.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. TJ Johnston  |  February 2, 2012 at 6:42 am

    As cliched as that phrase is, at least it’s better than “survivor” as co-opted by self-help and recovery gurus.


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