Liz Evans, crime reporter at The York Dispatch, had this to say:
I have two nominations for Banned For Life that have graduated to running-joke status in The York (Pa.) Dispatch newsroom:
- “He/she was just turning his/her life around.”
Without fail, each teenage crack dealer gunned down on a street corner (or person who died while driving drunk, etc.) was just about to get his life together, grieving family members insist. Our newsroom has determined the surgeon general should warn gangstas that turning things around could be dangerous to their health.
- “(Something) went awry,” or occasionally even “horribly awry.”
A certain Central Pennsylvania newspaper loves to use this giggle-worthy phrase in headlines. Puh-leeze.