Yuck! "Toxic soup" has been stinking up newspapers and televisions since Hurricane Katrina hit.
A LexisNexis search of the last year shows 291 articles serving this soup de journo -- 209 since Aug. 28, when CNN warned that flooding could leave survivors "in a bowl of toxic soup."
By comparison, this stagnant euphemism for polluted water (or sometimes air) befouled 113 articles the year before. There also was a hankering for "toxic stew," which was ladled out 78 times after Katrina.
And it was disaster, Cajunstyle, as writers used "toxic gumbo" 139 times. But when they were writing all spicylike, where were the toxic bisques and etouffees? With a storm from the Gulf of Mexico and floodwaters served cold, why no toxic gazpacho?