One of my pet hates (other than pet hates) is whenever some commentary in the “news” refers to something or other “gone mad!”. It’s become such a stock phrase that’s wheeled out far too easily and really winds me up. It’s like stock phrases gone mad!
So when Channel 4 announced their alternative Christmas speech this year, I knew it was only a matter of time before the phrase got wheeled out again.
A brief search of BBC News articles of the last year delivers the following cases of something or other “gone mad!”
I daren’t search the archives of the Daily Mail, I’m sure there would far too many references to list!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4727872.stm – Bureaucracy again
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/5326800.stm – Railway naming
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/5040970.stm – Political correctness
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4886570.stm – Political correctness again
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/4883398.stm – PC yet again!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4661438.stm – Nanny state
No trace so far of anything going mad in relation to the initial story yet, though I feel quite unclean after reading through some of our tabloids’ comments boards.