Cliche of the Week 92 – Speculation is Rife

May 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

Rampant gossip and rumour drive the mists of speculation to the point that it gathers form in the real world and cannot be ignored by news pages.

The economy, politics and the world in general produce stories that begin with speculation is rife, which is code for everyone knows but no one will go on record.

Globally, speculation of the rife kind is reported about 150 times a month with newspapers in India leading the pack.

Sport: “Spurs boss Levy fought a protracted battle with Chelsea last year to keep star playmaker Luka Modric at White Hart Lane and speculation is rife that the Croatian and winger Bale will be the subject of strong interest again this summer.” (South Wales Echo, May 14)

“The Pune owners have made it clear that they want (Sourav) Ganguly as mentor next season, and after his decision to ‘rest’ himself in the previous match, speculation is rife that he may have played his last match for the franchise.” (Hindustan Times, May 13)

“(Prime Minister) Najib is trying to woo voters back to his ruling National Front coalition, which has governed Malaysia since independence in 1957, and speculation is rife that he could call polls as early as June.” (Agence France-Presse, May 1)

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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