The overuse of ‘iconic’ has been niggling away at me for a while now, so much so that – much like Chief Inspector Dreyfus after an encounter with Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther – I’m starting to get a bit winky when I hear it. It’s so debased that I think we should ban its use for anything other than Russian religious artefacts for a period of, say, 50 years: that might give it sufficient time to regain its dignity and import.
To see what I mean, pick the odd one out in the following list:
- The London Underground Map
- The Spitfire
- SpongeBob SquarePants