A Perfect Storm of Good Things
Published on August 2, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about the misuse of a common expresson: perfect storm.

Here's an excerpt:

;Lately I’ve noticed that a growing number of people do not understand the meaning of the expression 'perfect storm.'

Traditionally, the expression has been used to describe an unusual series of events that combine to create a really bad situation. There’s a reason the book and film 'The Perfect Storm' tells the story of what happens to a fishing boat caught in the Halloween Nor’easter of 1991 — a rare 'monster storm' that occurred when “a high pressure system, a low pressure system, and the remnants from Hurricane Grace collided in a trilogy of terror,” according to Wikipedia explains that perfect storm is 'nearly synonymous' with worst-case scenario, 'although the latter carries more of a hypothetical connotation.'

But more and more people seem to be using the expression to describe positive situations. For instance, the Gazette recently quoted someone describing the great weather at the Saratoga County Fair as 'just a perfect storm of perfect weather.'"

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