Cliche of the Week 81 – Cream of the Crop

March 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

Stick to sport, where writers nudge their subjects higher on the heap in the name of a good story, if you want the cream of the crop.

Sometimes the entertainment industry gets there: “Live from the Royal Opera House, it will again showcase the best of British filmmaking talent as well as the cream of the crop from around the world.” (Birmingham Mail, February 11)

And the odd book may try: “There are varying opinions on the benefits of having so many literary ‘competitions’ in place, but at the very least, they can provide a starting point for readers looking to choose from the cream of the crop in Canadian fiction.” (Sudbury Star, November 26)

And music: “The new faces, close to 100 of them in all, represent the cream of the crop bubbling up from the next generation of Canadian recording artists.” (Ottawa Citizen, February 8)

But sport has most of the 300 monthly mentions. North American newspapers are the biggest creators of ‘cream of the crop’, followed by Australia.

“That’s the cream of the crop,” according to a report on basketball. (The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 26)

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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