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Nail in the coffin

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BlacknGold, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. BlacknGold

    BlacknGold Member

    A few days ago, one of our guys wrote a brief on a high school softball game and used the term "nail in the coffin," as in "Bumble High scored four runs in the sixth to put the nail in the coffin."
    A reader called and said she was "appalled" that we used that term and threatened to unsubscribe to the paper. So, our managing editor told us that we shouldn't use the term anymore. I think that is ridiculous.
    Does this happen anywhere else, or am I just out of it?
  2. cougargirl

    cougargirl Active Member

    It shouldn't be used because it's cliche. However, nothing people call to complain about surprises me anymore. For entertainment, start a list of all the stupid things callers and e-mailers complain about. :D
  3. BlacknGold

    BlacknGold Member

    Agreed on the cliche part, but I guess that's a whole different conversation :mad:
  4. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    It would have made me hurl, but for a different reason.

    That level of cliche has no place in a newspaper.
  5. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Seems to me to be both trite and in bad taste.

    And coming from me, that's quite an observation.
  6. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Use it again to put the nail in the coffin of her subscription.

    Of course, that will make it hard for her to read any more articles about how hard Little Johnny tries, for I'm assuming that's the only reason she was reading that article.
  7. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    I had no idea "nail in the coffin" was in bad taste. I'm, ahem, dead serious -- I only think of that term in relation to "NBA Jam." Boom-shaka-laka! :D




  8. Maybe the reader wasn't offended at all, just hates reading trite cliches.

    You should call her and thank her. ;)
  9. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    change it to "apholstery tack in the casket lining" ... it's more insider-ish that way.
  10. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Indeed, it is. Life in the corner suite must be working for you.
  11. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    No cliches. Period.
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    End of thread.
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