The Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés

The Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés

Book - 2006 | 2nd ed
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Baker & Taylor
Drawing from a wide variety of sources, a reference details the meaning of the cliché or expression, its source, early uses, and the history of the phrase over time and its level of use in contemporary English.

Book News
Continuing her long string of popular reference books, especially on language, Ammer updates her dictionary of tired old phrases by adding some that have become old and tired since whenever the first edition appeared and dropping some that are now mercifully forgotten. She clarifies their meanings, describes their origins, and illustrates their use. Among her interesting tidbits is that when Americans rub elbows, the British rub shoulders. She lists several of the theories about the whole nine yards without taking a position. Clichés are not always bad, she argues, as long as the speaker is aware of using them. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Facts on File
Praise for the previous edition:
"Recommended for public and academic collections."—Choice

"While several resources on clichés are currently available, this one standsapart for the large number of citations...Recommended for academic and publiclibraries."&151Library Journal

This updated and expanded edition of a popular title explains the meanings and origins of almost 4,000 clichés and common expressions. Each entry in The Facts On File Dictionary of Clichés, Second Edition includes the meaning of the cliché or expression, its origin and early uses, the historical development of the phrase, and its present-day usage.

For this second edition, the author has added approximately 500 new clichés, including many from the business world, such as "drum up," "fork over," and "go belly-up"; from the military, such as "the balloon goes up," "body count," and "mickey mouse"; and from popular novels, especially mysteries and thrillers. Other new cliches include "bells and whistles," "yada yada yada," and "whatever."

The Facts On File Dictionary of Clichés, Second Edition is the largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind. Fully indexed and cross-referenced, The Facts On File Dictionary of Cliches, Second Edition is an essential resource for students, writers, and anyone seeking the gift of gab.

Each entry includes:
  • The meaning of the cliche
  • The cliche's origin and early uses, with examples
  • The development and history of the cliche
  • The cliche's present-day usage.


Baker
& Taylor

Drawing from a wide variety of sources, this reference to nearly four thousand clichâes details the meaning of the clichâe or expression, its source, early uses, and the history of the phrase over time and its level of use in contemporary English.

Publisher: New York : Facts on File, c2006
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780816062799
081606279X
9780816062805
0816062803
Branch Call Number: SHARED SYSTEM
Characteristics: x, 534 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Dictionary of clichés

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