The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches: Meanings and Origins of Thousands of Terms and Expressions (Writers Reference)

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Praise for the previous edition:
"...an excellent resource for word lovers...inherently fascinating and an excellent place to look for old chestnuts galore..." Library Journal

"...[thorough]...Recommended for all libraries..." Booklist

"The meanings and origins of literally thousands of words and definitions come to life...recommended..." Midwest Book Review

"...an invaluable tool for writers and general readers." Christian Library Journal

The Facts On File Dictionary of Clich s, Third Edition is the largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind. Featuring hundreds of new clich s, this updated and expanded edition explains the meanings and origins of more than 4,000 clich s and common expressions. Each entry includes the meaning of the clich or expression, its origin and early uses, its historical development, and its present-day usage. This fully indexed and cross-referenced resource is essential for students, writers, and anyone seeking the gift of gab.

New entries include:

  • "Don't go there"
  • "Flavor of the month"
  • "Ground zero"
  • "Not so much"
  • "Show me the money"
  • "So yesterday"
  • and more.

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About the Author:

Christine Ammer is the author of more than three dozen reference books, on subjects ranging from classical music to women's health. Her books on words and phrases include "Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches; Seeing Red or Tickled Pink; Fighting Words from War, Rebellion, and Other Combative Capers; Southpaws and Sunday Punches; Cool Cats and Top Dogs;" and" Fruitcakes and Couch Potatoes. "She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

From Booklist:

Questions about the origins or meanings of words and phrases are among the most frequently asked in many libraries, and often those words and phrases are clichés. The latest edition of this helpful guide explains some 4,000 stock phrases, annoying expressions, and overworked words. Entries are arranged alphabetically, and numerous cross-references and a comprehensive index offer additional points of access. Because language is fluid, and terms and expressions flow in and out of common usage, a number of entries from previous editions have been dropped to make room for the addition of contemporary expressions (e.g., Carbon footprint, Not so much, Bling). As with other word books, like quotation dictionaries, the earlier editions should be retained for maximum coverage. This is an excellent choice for reference collections of any size. --Carolyn Mulac

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