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The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches (Facts on File Library of Language and Literature)

Christine Ammer

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ISBN 10: 0816043566 / ISBN 13: 9780816043569
Published by Facts on File, 2001
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Title: The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches (...

Publisher: Facts on File

Publication Date: 2001

Book Condition:Good

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While distionaries define cliches as trite phrases or expressions that convey popular or common ideas, these words and phrases offer interesting insights into changes in culture, language, and history. Designed for students, language lovers, writers, and browsers alike, The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches is the most comprehensive reference available, offering explanations and information on the meanings and origins of more than 3,000 cliches and common expressions. Drawing from a wide variety of sources, including the Bible, Shakespeare, and other works of literature, each entry details the meaning of the cliche or expression, its source, early uses, and the history of the phrase over time. The cliche's level of use in contemporary English is also noted. Entries Include: "Been there, done that"; Best/worst-case scenario; Cast/written in stone; Couch potato; "Get a life"; In your face.

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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 5/15/97), this one stands apart for the large number of citations. Given the speed with which language develops, newer publications of this sort are always welcome. Recommended for academic and public libraries. Denise J. Stankovics, Rockville P.L., Vernon, CT

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