All this fiscal cliff talk raises a very important question: Why does the fiscal cliff always “loom?” I guess it’s for the same reason hurricanes always “pack winds.” (“Hurricane Elmer, packing winds of 95 mph...”) And, speaking of weather, how heavy does rain have to be before it’s called “torrential?” When I was a Los Angeles TV weatherman, I avoided the term (unless I said the rain was “coming down in Torrance.”)
Why are employees who go on shooting rampages described as “disgruntled?” My desktop dictionary defines that word as “angry or dissatisfied.” Disgruntled? I’d say it’s more like really, really peeved. In much the same way, support never arises; rather it “outpours.” And, while you can grow petunias or grow weary, can you really grow a business? I wonder, too, why mobs are always “chanting slogans?” I’m not sure I even know how to chant.
Bank robberies and surgical procedures gone awry generally seem to be described as “botched,” though it seems to me that word is more appropriate for a faulty chocolate chip cookie recipe. Does anyone who is not a journalist actually use the word “motorists” instead of “drivers?” (And while you’re out driving, would you mind trying to find the “campaign trail?” I’ve always wondered exactly where that was.)
I guess we all have our little lists of annoying journalistic clichés, but, at the end of the day, there’s not much we can do about them at this point in time. Still, what are some of your un-favorites?