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Clichés: Avoid Them Like The Plague [Hardcover]

Nigel Fountain
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6 Sep 2012
At the end of the day, when it comes to getting your head around clichés, everybody seems to be singing from the same hymn sheet. Clichés have become such a familiar part of the English language and people's everyday speech that many are now trite, meaningless and often quite irritating. This book looks at clichés in their many forms - once useful but overworked catch phrases ('move the goal posts'), worn-out sayings ('all hands on deck'), pointless phrases used to conceal a weak argument ('to be perfectly honest'), technical terms used out of context ('collateral damage'), and many others. It shows where they came from and, with examples from people who ought to know better, why they should be avoided. Entertaining and informative, this collection of clichés really is the best thing since sliced bread . . .

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843174863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843174868
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They're the everyday phrases that we all love to hate - and all love to use. Author Nigel Fountain cuts to the chase and tells us what they really mean (Mail on Sunday)

Guides the reader through the origins, histories and meanings of cliches in every form (The Oldie)

About the Author

Nigel Fountain is a writer, broadcaster and journalist who has written for many publications, including The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The New Statesman, The Oldie, the London Evening Standard, the New York Soho Weekly News, History Today, New Society, Oz magazine and Time Out. His documentary work for Radio 4 and BBC2 has ranged from style magazines and the history of thrillers to dance halls and the events of 1968. He was a commissioning obituaries editor on The Guardian for many years, and co-editor of City Limits magazine. His books include: Days Like These (a novel); two volumes from the 'Voices From the Twentieth Century' series, Women at War and The Battle of Britain and the Blitz; Underground: The London Alternative Press 1966-74; Lost Empires: The Phenomenon of Theatres Past, Present And Future; and the award-winning WWII: The People's Story. He read Politics at York University.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dont count your chickens... 19 Sep 2013
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To be perfectly honest,at the end of the day,when all is said and done I enjoyed this book.I thought it was going to be comprehensive a list of cliches but its more of a history of a few of the more popular ones.It certainly pulled the wool over my eyes.It just shows you not to jump to conclusions.Having said that with the best will in the world its still worth a punt.Its certainly better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!
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2.0 out of 5 stars nothing new 19 Dec 2012
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Rehash of old cliches. Nothing new to learn about. Could have wrote this book myself. Would not recommend to anyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ambivalent feelings 24 Nov 2012
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I couldn't decide if the book is aimed at an American audience or us. It seemed an unhappy mix of both cultures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY WITTY AND INFORMATIVE 30 Dec 2013
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Very interesting and informative little book which is a great source of pleasure for a browse.thats all I can think of to fill the space demanded of me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars quite American orientated 12 Nov 2013
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It is still interesting though, have bought 3 for Christmas presents.

hope they find them good reading on a cold and wet night.
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