Cliche of the Week 94 – Minor Miracles

June 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm 1 comment

The laws of nature get twisted by supernatural intervention several times a day to produce miracles of the minor kind.

Whether these are minor or major miracles is a matter for debate. Strictly speaking a miracle is a miracle, neither large nor small, with the wonder in the event, not the scale.

Journalism, which reports minor miracles up to 140 times a month around the world, needs no ecclesiastical authority to proclaim such events.

“And so it came to pass that, with a little auspicious planning, careful shopping and an eye trained firmly on budget, we pulled off another minor miracle.” (Toronto Star, May 26)

“(Paul) Lambert, 42, has performed a minor miracle since taking charge at the Norfolk club in August 2009, masterminding successive promotions up from . . . League One and then comfortably securing top-flight status with a respectable 12th-place finish.” (Western Daily Press, May 22)

“Moreover, his nearest rival, Scott McLaren, trails several hundred points behind and, aged 30, needs a minor miracle to make up so much ground.” (Bay of Plenty Times, May 21)

“That a man in his middle 70s is still making vibrant music and touring is a minor miracle.” (Buffalo News, May 18)

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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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Tony Richardson  |  June 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Very good point. I wonder how big a miracle would have to be to be major.

    Not raising the dead – that’s been done ages ago.


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