The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches: Meanings and Origins of More Than 3,500 Terms and Expressions

The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches: Meanings and Origins of More Than 3,500 Terms and Expressions

by Christine Ammer
     
 
The Facts On File Dictionary of Clichés explains the meanings and origins of more than 3,000 clichés and common expressions. draws from a wide variety of sources, including the Bible, Shakespeare, and other works of literature. Drawing from a wide variety of sources this book details the meaning of the cliché or expression, its source, early uses, and the history of

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The Facts On File Dictionary of Clichés explains the meanings and origins of more than 3,000 clichés and common expressions. draws from a wide variety of sources, including the Bible, Shakespeare, and other works of literature. Drawing from a wide variety of sources this book 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 is also noted.

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Library Journal
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 Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816043569
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Writers Reference
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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