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A headline writer’s worst cliche

Out of curiosity, I Googled the phrase, “a parent’s worst nightmare.”

It generated 764,000 responses.  I looked at the first 10 and found concerns that ranged from what you’d expect (rape, murder, life-threatening injury) to inane comic strips and a professional jock influencing children to eat candy.  The only duplication among the 10 “worst” nightmares was human sex trafficking.

I draw two conclusions:

1. There’s no consensus answer to the nightmare question.

2. Too many writers are ignoring their cliche detectors.

Feel free to add your own thoughts to this theme, or begin a new one.


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