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It's Not Rocket Science: And other irritating modern cliches [Kindle Edition]

Clive Whichelow , Hugh Murray
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Over last thirty years, new technology, fashion, and social set-ups have spawned new cliches galore. Everything on the Internet is available at the 'click of a mouse', TV presenters ask the audience to 'give it up' when they want them to applaud, call centres tell us 'we value your call' even though 'all our operators are busy'. And if you're 'gobsmacked' by all this you may be told to 'get a life', 'chill out' or 'whatever'.

It's Not Rocket Science sifts through all aspects of modern life to find the most prevalent, ubiquitous and downright irritating cliches of our age. This high-octane, caffeine-fuelled, dictionary of cliches highlights the freshly-hackneyed phrases we're being subjected to 24/7.

So how good is that? And what's not to like?

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Book Description

A dictionary of modern cliches.

About the Author

Clive Whichelow has written for the likes of Rory Bremner, Jonathan Ross, Spitting Image and Smith and Jones and written for the Mail On Sunday, Express, and others. Hugh Murray's TV and radio writing credits include work for Steve Coogan, Smack the Pony, Monkey Dust and others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HR8QTN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible 7 Nov. 2010
This book is terrible. I bought it as a present for a friend as a bit of a joke, but it was so bad I had to send it back.

It does not contain any interesting information and reads like a boring rant. All it does is list a load of clichés and accompany each one with some mundane grumbling about how annoying it is. Many of them barely contain any explanation at all. For example, "Missing you already: Has anyone ever said this seriously? It seems to be exclusively ironic." As for the humour, this depends on whether you include slightly sarcastic, unintelligent comments in your definition of "humour". This is about as funny as it gets: "Popular Area: Yes of course it's a popular area. People live there. They live there because once upon a time someone built some houses there. It is therefore a popular area!"

Overall - avoid.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, brilliant selection 2 July 2009
I just love this book. If you speak English as a second language, you will find this very useful as soon as you relocate to the UK...these 'cliches' happen to be idioms that people use on a daily basis so very useful if you want to understand what's in the papers.
Also I highly recommend the book for all Brits who just want to have a good laugh via looking to the mirror with a hint of cynism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated book 4 Nov. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Food for many chortles. One could hear the giggles and amusement all over the house. Husband, brother, son have one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Book about metaphors etc.... 27 Aug. 2011
....written by someone who doesn't seem to understand metaphors etc. Many of the definitions are inaccurate and most all are without wit. A missed opportunity.Avoid.
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