Cliche of the Week 111 – Death Knell

October 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm Leave a comment

The death knell has been sounding so frequently lately that it must mean the apocalypse is near, according to news pages round the world.

The bells have been ringing to mark the demise of cheap power, strong currencies, old dictators, good music and most things we hold dear.

“The green light yesterday ends Universal’s fraught bid for regulatory approval and sounds the death knell on EMI’s 80 years as an independent British music company, providing a home to artists from Pink Floyd to Coldplay.” (The Irish Times, September 22)

“The potential for stagflation in the UK, which faces contraction at the same time as rising prices, presents an overwhelming challenge for government officials and usually sounds the death knell for a nation’s currency.” (The Wall Street Journal, August 25)

“But business groups criticised any move away from nuclear power as impractical and a death knell for Japanese manufacturers, which have already lost much of their competitive edge to cheaper rivals elsewhere in Asia.” (The New York Times, September 20)

“The Arab Spring, which the West hailed as the beginning of a new, more liberal era, tolled the death knell of many of the dictators who ruled with an iron hand . . .” (The Pioneer, India, September 21)

Cliché of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays. Clichés 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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