sea change : Common Errors in English

About sea change

In Shakespeare’s Tempest, Ariel deceitfully sings to Ferdinand:Full fathom five thy father lies;Of his bones are coral made;Those are pearls that were his eyes:Nothing of him that doth fadeBut doth suffer a sea-changeInto something rich and strange.This rich language has so captivated the ears of generations of writers that they feel compelled to describe as “sea changes” not only alterations that are “rich and strange,” but, less appropriately, those that are simply large or sudden. Always popular, this cliché has recently become so pervasive as to make “sea” an almost inextricable companion to “change,” whatever its meaning. In its original context, it meant nothing more complex than “a change caused by the sea.” Since the phrase is almost always improperly used and is greatly over-used, it has suffered a swamp change into something dull and tiresome. Avoid the phrase; otherwise you will irritate those who know it and puzzle those who do not.

sea change Meaning(s)

  • (n) a profound transformation

sea change in News

  1. Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: A Financial Game Changer

    The Supreme Court’s ruling is a practical one that will usher in a sea change and likely prompt a flurry of lawsuits.
    on June 27, 2013 Source: CNBC

  2. The Hedge Edge Moves to Mutual Funds

    By Hal M. Bundrick NEW YORK (MainStreet)--The landscape for tactical investments is undergoing a sea change. Hedge funds are being trimmed, while alternative strategy mutual funds are gaining favor, according to a national surveyregarding the use of alternative investments by institutions and financial advisors conducted by Morningstar and Barron's. Money poured into alternative mutual funds ...
    on June 25, 2013 Source: TheStreet.com

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