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The Dictionary of Cliches
James Rodgers
0760725292
April 2001
Hardcover
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From the Inside Flap
"The best kind of reference book--one that amuses as it instructs. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker."
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALERR
IN A NUTSHELL, here's a terrific A TO Z listing of the meanings and origins of over 2,000 common or particularly interesting cliches for everyone who delights in the pleasure of words.From the Paperback edition. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Dictionary of Word Origins
Jordan Almond
0806517131
Dec 1995
Paperback
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From the Back Cover
Answering the age-old question, "Why do we say it?" this handy dictionary gives the intriguing origins of hundreds of everyday words and expressions. How did lollipops get their name? (In the northern part of England, "lolly" means "tongue.") What is "long" doing in the word "longshoreman"? (When ships were unloaded, the sailors passed the goods from their ships to the men 'long the shore.) Why do we pass the buck? (In an old English card game, one would pass a jackknife, or "buck," to show whose turn it was to chip in.) Useful for reference and fun just for browsing, Dictionary of Word Origins is also a great way to expand vocabulary and enjoy doing it. Jordan Almond is professor emeritus of English at Farmdale University. He lives in Westchester, New York.


The Dictionary of Cliches
James Rogers
0345338146
Dec 1986
Paperback
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Book Description
"The best kind of reference book--one that amuses as it instructs. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker."
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALERR
IN A NUTSHELL, here's a terrific A TO Z listing of the meanings and origins of over 2,000 common or particularly interesting cliches for everyone who delights in the pleasure of words.

Inside Flap Copy
"The best kind of reference book--one that amuses as it instructs. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker."
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALERR
IN A NUTSHELL, here's a terrific A TO Z listing of the meanings and origins of over 2,000 common or particularly interesting cliches for everyone who delights in the pleasure of words.


Clich¿s: Over 1500 Phrases Explored and Explained
Betty M. Kirkpatrick
0312198442
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
The cliché is " ... the bad guy of the English language. Furthermore it is the worst kind of bad guy--the bad guy that used to be a good guy before it suffered a fall from grace or, in the case of the cliché, a fall from freshness." Was this always so? Is originality of usage a classic value or a more recent one? In an exhaustive, 10-page introduction to Clichés: Over 1,500 Phrases Explored and Explained, lexicographer Betty Kirkpatrick presents a fascinating history of the classification of this linguistic category as well as of various aspects of language, illustrating its elasticity and ongoing evolution. For the literal thinker, it may be satisfying to know that the word cliché comes from the French clicer, meaning "to stereotype" (a printing term), but a succinct and...


Have a Nice Day: No Problem! : A Dictionary of Cliches
Christine Ammer
0525933948


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From Library Journal
A labor of love by a lexicographer and reference editor, this book examines some 3000 familiar expressions. First, a plain meaning is given for a term, like "singularly rare" for scarce as hen's teeth . Next follow informed remarks on history ( sink or swim began as float or sink ), though, as the author notes, the derivation of many cliches is unclear. Whether a cliche is still popular or fading is also noted. Examples of use in sources both famous (the Bible, Shakespeare, O. Henry) and obscure (S. Ford's Inez and Trilby , 1921) are generous, but out of context these snippets give little feel for actual use. Entries are on average longer than those in Eric Partridge's Dictionary of Cliches (Routledge, 1978. 5th ed.) or Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (HarperCollins, 1989. 14th ed.). Recommended for random...


The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches
Christine Ammer
0816043574
Nov 2001
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Lexicographer Ammer (American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms) here offers a revised edition of her Have a Nice Day No Problem: A Dictionary of Cliches (LJ 1/92). The update, which includes about 500 more entries, offers the meanings and origins of some 3500 expressions along with sources, histories of usage over time, and levels of use today. The volume includes such recent additions as "get a life," "been there, done that," and "push the envelope" as well as old favorites like the recently resurrected "united we stand," which the author traces back to Chaucer. The index is helpful in locating entries for expressions subsumed under similar sayings, and cross references are found in the text as well. While several resources on cliches are currently available (e.g., Nigel Rees's Cassell's Dictionary of Cliches, LJ...


Death Sentences: How Cliches, Weasel Words and Management-Speak are Strangling Our Public Language
Don Watson
1592401406
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
The publisher of Lynne Truss' phenomenally successful Eats, Shoots & Leaves [BKL Je 1 & 15 04] now brings out a book on language that has been a best-seller in Australia. It is not, like Truss' book, a treatise on punctuation; however, it does share that book's passionate concern about the erosion of language, especially public discourse as practiced by businesspeople, academics, journalists, and politicians. Watson makes an eloquent, elegant, and sometimes scathing case for taking back the language from those who would strip it of all color and emotion and, therefore, of all meaning. Watson deploys devastating examples of the deadening effect of our current use of language by recasting the Gettysburg Address and Shakespearean dialogue in corporate business-speak. Furthermore, he argues that politicians use...


A Dictionary of Cliches
Eric Partridge
0415065550
Jan 1978
Paperback
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Book Review
Clichés, the "coin(s) so battered by use as to be defaced," are anathema to Eric Partridge. He says, "their ubiquity is remarkable and rather frightening," and while he likens proverbs to expressions of wisdom, he says, clichés are instances of "inanition." They all sound familiar, for such is the nature of the cliché. What, for example, does "in the event of an emergency" add, beyond verbosity, instead of "in an emergency"? And so, from "abject apology" to "your guess is as good as mine," he lists, explains, and categorizes more than 2,000 trite and tired phrases to avoid "at all costs."

Book Description
This work is full of things better left unsaid: hackneyed phrases,...


The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches
Christine Ammer
0816043566
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Lexicographer Ammer (American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms) here offers a revised edition of her Have a Nice Day No Problem: A Dictionary of Cliches (LJ 1/92). The update, which includes about 500 more entries, offers the meanings and origins of some 3500 expressions along with sources, histories of usage over time, and levels of use today. The volume includes such recent additions as "get a life," "been there, done that," and "push the envelope" as well as old favorites like the recently resurrected "united we stand," which the author traces back to Chaucer. The index is helpful in locating entries for expressions subsumed under similar sayings, and cross references are found in the text as well. While several resources on cliches are currently available (e.g., Nigel Rees's Cassell's Dictionary of Cliches, LJ...


Dimwit's Dictionary: 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them
Robert Hartwell Fiske
0966517679
September 2002
Paperback
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Zay Smith, Chicago Sun-Times, October 31, 2002
Dimwit's Dictionary and The Dictionary of Concise Writing...are two of the better usage books to come down the road.

Nancy Mehl, Myshelf.com, November 1, 2002
...a fun and informative ... book that everyone who writes or talks should keep where it can be easily reached.

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The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches
Christine Ammer
081606279X
Mar 2006
Hardcover
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Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words, Contemporary Cliches, Cant & Management Jargon

1740513215
January 2004
Hardcover
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The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches
Christine Ammer
0816062803
Mar 2006
Paperback
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The Language of Baseball
Ryan Gray
1585186287
Jan 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The Language of Baseball is a lexicon of slang terms, clichés, and expressions surrounding the grate game of baseball. Defined are over 2,001 quick hitting, concise, and descriptive terms. The descriptions of baseball’s vocabulary are simple enough for a child to understand, yet sophisticated enough to avoid insulting the intelligence of the most ardent fan. From the sandlots to the big leagues, this book will be an enjoyable resource for the rookie fan to the most passionate aficionado of the "Grand Ole Game". Included you will find humors cartoons portraying some maxims within the baseball sub-culture. From the oldest jargon to the most current terminology surrounding baseball, The Language of Baseball has all of the bases covered!


The Penguin Dictionary of Cliches (Penguin Reference Books)
Julia Cresswell
0140514279
April 17, 2000
Paperback
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A Plethora of Platitudes: A Collection of Cliches and an Assortment of Adages
Jay J. Smith
0595010202
July 2000
Paperback
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Book Description

Platitudes, cliches and adages are pervasive in almost every part of our everyday lives and in every part of our culture. Every day we either hear them or use them ourselves, often without thinking about them. These "words of wisdom" express our feelings about love, time, money, health, wealth, humor and every aspect of life in general. Usually, they are a shorthand way of expressing an idea. The words used, in most cases, are not meant to be taken literally. Because of their common usage we can ascertain their meaning even in their shorthand form.

There are thousands of platitudes and no one can claim to have heard all of them. Each one can have variations, which express the same, or even different ideas and will change from region to region. Their meaning can also be open to interpretation by the person...



Dictionary of Cliche
Terry Freedman
1853263699
May 1998
Paperback
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Richard A. Spears
0071469346
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Learn the language of Nebraska . . .and 49 other states With more entries than any other reference of its kind, McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs shows you how American English is spoken today. You will find commonly used phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions, proverbial expressions, and cliches. The dictionary contains more than 24,000 entries, each defined and followed by one or two example sentences. It also includes a Phrase-Finder Index with more than 60,000 entries.

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Language is the life blood of a culture, and to be interested in culture is in some sense to be interested in language, in the shapes and sounds of words, in the history of reading, writing, and speech, in the endless variety of dialects and slangs, in the...

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