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Catchphrase, Slogan and Cliche [Paperback]

Adam Hart-Davis , Judy Parkinson
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1 Oct 2003
"Catchphrase, Slogan & Cliche" is for anyone seeking the meanings or origins of hundreds of the expressions that enrich our everyday speech. From phrases that go back to Norman times, through proverbs, catch phrases and quotations, right up to modern expressions, this book takes an informed and amusing look at the origins of some of the more colourful sayings that passed into everyday currency.

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843170639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843170631
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 19.4 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,447,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Judy Parkinson is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller 'I before E (Except after C)', which has been featured everywhere from the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme to questions asked on University Challenge. She is also the author of 'Remember, Remember the Fifth of November: The History of Britain in Bite-sized Chunks' and 'Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas: Popular Expressions - What They Mean and Where We Got Them'. Judy has appeared on national radio and across the media talking about her books.

Judy has worked as a journalist, and has interviewed many public figures about their school days for the Times Educational Supplement and the Daily Telegraph. She lives in London and also works as a television producer making educational documentaries for Teachers TV. She has produced numerous music videos and television commercials.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Vague 12 Dec 2003
This book tries to explain the history of phrases used in the English language, but I felt it missed out too many commonly used expressions Eg. "Ship shape and Bristol fashion' or "A1" does not get a mention, despite being fairly commonly used.
Also, a lot of the ones listed were not really commonly used phrases or expressions eg. "I counted them all out and I counted them all back" is listed, and rightly accredited to Brian Hanrahan's report on the Falklands conflict, but it is not really a phrase or expression that is regulary used.
I appreciate that the author must have had a hard job compiling the book, as everyones' favourite expressions will be different, but I was dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy it. 6 July 2014
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Amusing book for language lover. Definitions are well written. I enjoy it.
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