Cliche of the Week 89 – Shrouded in Secrecy

April 30, 2012 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

Backroom deals shrouded in secrecy suggest dark deeds in rooms with doors bolted and windows blackened.

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.

The term shrouded in secrecy appears up to 200 times a month in mainstream news reports, with newspapers in the US and Britain heavy users.

Usually, it isn’t officially secret but details are unknown or being kept back and may be revealed at a later date. If it is secret, just say so. No need for shrouds or other covers.

“On Tuesday, Planetary Resources Inc, whose mission has been shrouded in secrecy, will outline in Seattle its plan to send an unmanned spacecraft to an asteroid and mine it for valuable metals and . . .” (The Wall Street Journal, April 24).

“The case, and the . . . public manner in which it has evolved, has deeply embarrassed a party leadership obsessed with its image and whose inner workings remain shrouded in secrecy” (The Associated Press, April 25).

“Amnesty said investigations into allegations of torture and unlawful killings had been `shrouded in secrecy’ . . .” (The Scotsman, April 21).

“Staffers say the school’s operations are shrouded in secrecy, and they risk losing their jobs if they ask too many questions” (The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 19).

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