The Usual Suspects and Other Cliches: Names and Shames More Than 1,500 Familiar Words and Phrases (Paperback)Betty Kirkpatrick (author)
Paperback Published: 30/09/2005
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Brings together more than 1,500 of the most commonly used English cliches, outlining the meaning of each expression, its origins and the reason for its creation. Cliches have never been flavour of the month with school teachers, editors or literary connoisseurs, and are potential banana skins for journalists and students. For most of us, preventing these old-hat expressions from punctuating our everyday conversations and writing is more easily said than done. In this new edition of the popular Dictionary of Cliches Betty Kirkpatrick once again spills the beans on the most commonly used cliches. It is up to the reader to decide whether the use of cliche is flogging a dead horse, or exploiting a valuable means of cutting a long story short. "the Witchfinder-General of Rhetorical redundancy, the Lynne Truss of stylistic staleness. A doughy lexicographer...no one is better qualified...A cracking read." Scottish Sunday Herald "A goldmine for lovers of words and language." Writing Magazine
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Weight: 384 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
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