Cliche of the Week 87 – A Brave Face

April 16, 2012 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

Brits love putting on a brave face the most while Indians also paste one on regularly, followed by Australians, a close third.

Sports writers flip this cliche from the breathless handbook when describing reaction to a defeat or setback. Crime reporters use it to describe victims under pressure.

A brave face appears in news reports up to 500 times a month. The British tabloids like the phrase, as do news agencies such as Agence France-Presse.

“Dressed in a simple black dress and grey cardigan, her dark hair pulled back into a ponytail, the 25-year-old woman put on a brave face as she walked into Manhattan Supreme Court.” (New York Daily News, March 17)

“She (Goldie Hawn) recalls putting a brave face on single motherhood during the daytime but crying as she lay in bed alone at night, wondering what had happened to her dream of the perfect family.” (The Daily Express, March 7)

“Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan put a brave face on the meagre growth by contrasting it with economies that contracted last quarter, including Britain, Germany, Japan and Italy.” (Reuters News, March 7)

“He (England captain Andrew Strauss) made 26 and 27 in Galle, falling both times to Herath, but the left-hander put on a brave face.” (Agence France-Presse, March 30)

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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