Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Political and Scientific Cliches

In case of economic collapse, please pitch tent


Protesters are vociferous and shrill (and don’t have a clear message). Uprisings, disturbances and riots are fomented. People are hustled out of meetings and bundled into police cars. They are thrown into cellars or hauled into the dock. Rumours are scotched, riots are quelled and restraint is urged. Tanks trundle into cities. And dictators are always toppled.

killers go on a spree or rampage
strikes are always crippling

painstaking Research is nearly always painstaking and takes years.

Seven months of painstaking research followed. Observer Magazine Nov 29 2009

After years of painstaking research, French historians say they have solved one of the country's most enduring mysteries. Guardian Dec 8 2008

"It has taken years of painstaking research to prove this," said Dr Okasha El Daly. Guardian Oct 3 2004

“Over years of painstaking research Toto has compiled the biggest and most sophisticated database of human toilet behaviour in the world.” Times May 2010

It took 20 years of painstaking research to turn this simple idea into a reality. (BBC news on test tube babies, October 4, 2010)

The video is the result of "years of painstaking work and research" dcist.com.

"After many years of painstaking research and sheer hard work, a lifesize replica of the mosaic has been created, using authentic materials and dyes." Visitthecotswolds.org.uk

But just occasionally it's intense – Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book took "three years of intense research".

Political euphemisms here.
More political clichés here.

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