Remember the “roadmap for peace“? The decade-old effort to find a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was largely ill-fated, but it bore at least one discernible fruit: all of a sudden just about everything was called a “road map”. There were no plans, or schemes, or programme, or blueprints. It was road maps for everything.
It hasn’t quite reached that saturation yet, but a similar thing seems under way today, this time with the fiscal cliff. As this BBC News Magazine piece explains, the term has been in use in the US for a few years, but this year it has installed itself unavoidably in the popular lexicon.
The US has apparently avoided plummetting from said cliff with an eleventh-hour agreement, but – ta-da – everyone seems to have one of their own.
A quick Google search reveals that the following are now boasting of their “own fiscal cliff”: