Cliche of the Week 77 – Worst Nightmare

February 6, 2012 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Nightmares come in degrees, some minor, others with cold sweats and shivering, but the worst nightmare is the one to be wary of.

These bad dreams infect life at all levels and are reported up to 700 times a month in mainstream news outlets.

No one really knows what an individual’s worst nightmare might be, but sport attracts a lot of them, mainly when the planets converge to bring two fierce teams together.

Headlines are made when parents face unusual horror. “Yvonne Upton was forced to suffer every parent’s worst nightmare — bury her son after his murder in cold blood.” (Burton Mail, Britain, January 25).

“It’s like every parent’s worst nightmare.” After a dog bit the ear off a six-year-old girl. (The Telegraph, London, January 31).

“It’s a taxpayer’s worst nightmare: the letter in the mail from the Internal Revenue Service.” (The Daily Review, Pennsylvania, January 29). Soccer:

“Only at the end did it reveal itself as Patrice Evra’s worst nightmare.” (The Times, January 30).

Ironman: “Holmes expects the younger brigade to shine on the sand at Perth today, labelling the endurance format his worst nightmare.” (Sun-Herald, January 29).

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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