The Usual Suspects and Other Cliches: Names and Shames More Than 1,500 Familiar Words and Phrases

The Usual Suspects and Other Cliches: Names and Shames More Than 1,500 Familiar Words and Phrases

by Betty Kirkpatrick (Author)

Synopsis

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

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Edition: 3Rev e.
Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd
Published: 30 Sep 2005

ISBN 10: 0713674962
ISBN 13: 9780713674965

Media Reviews
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 (5 Feb 2006) A goldmine for lovers of words and language Writing Magazine (March 2006) This is a cracking little hardback which I recommend wholeheartedly. It is one of that genre of books, rare in the reference domain that is physically pleasing to hold and use. Languages and Literature (2006)
Author Bio
Betty Kirkpatrick has a long and distinguished career as an editor, publisher and writer of reference books. She has edited the Bloomsbury Thesaurus and advised on the Bloomsbury English Dictionary.