National Day has come and gone so what’s left for us to celebrate? Crappy award shows are to common place to be given much notice. So what has Singapore been apart of that’s a little fun and interesting? Enter Singapore’s first mention in the Factiva Insight Cliché Index of course! What am I talking about you say? Well then, you haven’t been reading our recent bulletins now have you? It was reported in our 7 August, Marketing NewsBreak for your information. (At the end of the day, The Straits Times leads the cliché way)
Basically, the Cliché Index identifies which media are the most frequent users of clichés as well as the most used clichés, in the following countries: Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, India, United States and United Kingdom.
So…here are the results for the most used clichés in Singapore:
Can you guess who was the worst offender for the most used cliché in Singapore? Here’s a hint, you’ve probably read this newspaper ‘at the end of the day’.
The Straits Times ranked as Singapore's No. 1 offender in the top three clichés ranked by Factiva Insight. Before anyone gets upset and thinks I’m here to merely lambaste The Straits Times, let me say something in their defence.
The figures, although dominant in Singapore, are miniscule compared to some of the figures associated with countries like Australia, United Kingdom and United States. Check out the figures for the United States if you don’t believe me.
So what does this all mean? Should clichés have negative connotations attached to them? If a publication steeped in tradition and well respected, is amongst the higher users of clichés does it really matter? We’d love to hear your opinions!