Threadbare Hyperbole

How did journalists, executives, and public servants characterize quite hostile circumstances before they could trot out the phrase “perfect storm”? Margaret and I have developed acute nostalgia for the days before that book’s title had possessed the imaginations of lazy rhetoricians.

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5 Responses to Threadbare Hyperbole

  1. steve says:

    I think they used to say, “It’s a real Airport ’77 of financial collapse,” or whatever the problem was, after that other disaster story.

  2. Margaret says:

    I rather miss: “It’s a real Poseidon Adventure,” myself. Nice imagery to draw on.

  3. Mom says:

    And of course nothing is perfect!

  4. Laurel says:

    How about, “We’ve really got ‘A Christmas Story” forming out here.” …um, well… maybe not that one. I do like that movie though.

  5. I like it. Certainly nicer than ‘clusterf**k’.

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