Tuesday, December 04, 2012


Lazy phrase I'm getting really tired of seeing in news stories, especially headlines. From a cursory search in Google News:

Rihanna sparks outrage after cuddly photo with Chris Brown

Kirkliston bus cuts spark outrage

Power profits spark outrage

London Fans Spark Outrage Over 'Free Palestine' Chants

Caffeinated Cracker Jacks spark outrage from health group

White women in Black face spark nation-wide outrage

Fuel price hikes spark outrage

Facebook arrests spark nationwide outrage

A coyote killing contest in New Mexico is sparking outrage

Paris Hilton sparks outrage as she opens store in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Hidden California state parks funds spark outrage

Dutch Architects Spark Outrage with Design Resembling Twin Towers

'Jihad' ads on CTA buses spark outrage

'Sandy Supermodel' Nana Gouvea Sparks Outrage for Photo Shoot

Hundreds Of Pardons, Some For Killers, Spark Outrage In Mississippi

India's 'Hitler' stores spark outrage

US Olympic athletes' uniforms spark outrage

Military moms spark outrage by breastfeeding in uniform

Claims that Jesus had a wife spark outrage

Sen. Reid's comments on Romney, Mormonism spark outrage

TV Bosses Spark Outrage As Soap's Omnibus Is Moved To Five Minutes Past Midnight On Saturdays*

My personal favorite:
Pre-Peeled Bananas Spark Outrage

(But at least that's supposed to be funny.)

From now, I beg of you, replace "spark outrage" with "provoke peevishness"--you get the bonus of alliteration!

*No, I don't know what this means, either.

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