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The Oxford Dictionary of Catchphrases [Hardcover]

Anna Farkas
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Oct 2002
A catchphrase is a set of words that have come to be associated, over time and through repeated usage, with a particular individual or group, or maybe an event. From "Can I do you now, sir?" and "Thunderbirds are GO" to "Eat my shorts!", "Who loves ya, baby" and "Booyakasha!", this book gives the history of a selection of our best-loved catchphrases, paying homage to the human nature of adopting a common bond through language. The volume includes coverage of both UK and US catchphrases, from a wide variety of media. Entries are often backed up by citations of usage and give interesting information on their origins. A source index enables readers to look up entries from one particular source, while a source information section gives a background description of shows, films, or books that are cited three or more times.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198662807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198662808
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 14.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brings together over 800 well-known catchphrases, including up-to-the-minute examples from Ali G, The Fast Show and Have I Got News For You.

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Anna Farkas, an American citizen who has lived in the UK for over 10 years, is an experienced freelance writer and researcher. She researched and prepared the outline for the very first, 1998 edition, of The Hutchinson Almanac and worked as a contributor on The Hutchinson Guide to the World, TheHutchinson Encyclopedia, The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Modern Political Biography, and The Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting! 6 Sep 2009
It provides you with good lines for your writings, or simply for an informal chat with friends.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Modern dictionary 31 Jan 2012
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Who said that ? Some catchphrases are used far too often, but it is a useful reminder of television 'personalities' latching on to a phrase that identifies them when they may be, otherwise, forgotten
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