Newlyweds and Nearly Deads

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Newlyweds and Nearly Deads | place, cliché | Victoria has long suffered a reputation for being a magnet to honeymooners and retirees, resulting in this enduring epithet with its interchangeable “City of” or “Land of” prefixes. As to whether or not the cliché – which has persisted since at least the 1970s – is applicable in the 21st century is open to debate.

Usage: “I know more musicians, skateboarders, artists and cooks than newlyweds and nearly deads, but whatever…”

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