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The Cat's Pyjamas: The Penguin Book of Clichés [Kindle Edition]

Julia Cresswell
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A fascinating, thematic exploration of clichés from as the actress said to the bishop to zero hour, explaining what they are and where they’ve come from. Julia Cresswell has taken her best-selling dictionary of clichés (‘Sumptuous… A mine of information.’ Guardian) back to the drawing board and has created a book, packed with famous (and infamous) quotations and memorable information, that will change the way you see English.

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About the Author

Educated at Oxford and Reading, Julia Cresswell has worked on the Shorter OED and the Encarta dictionary and is author of the Guinness Book of Place Names and several other reference books

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1360 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141025166
  • Publisher: Penguin; 2Rev Ed edition (1 Nov. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141025166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141025162
  • ASIN: B002RI92XE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #907,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Christmas present? 18 Dec. 2007
I liked it - not a dictionary that is difficult to read but a book you can dip into for five minutes or read read for thirty. It missed one of my favourite cliches, but taught me about several new ones. I enjoyed the story of the author spotting the arrival of "not fit for purpose". I will try it out on my three aunts as a Christmas present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ideal Christmas present 1 Dec. 2008
This is without doubt the absolute ideal Christmas stocking stuffer or present to someone who is difficult to find a present for. It's a sure-fire winner (and beats the daylights out of a tie or some scented soap).The book is both incredibly entertaining and astoundingly informative. It's not a read-from-the-beginning-to-the-end book; it's something you can dip into for a minute here and there and come away fascinated - and wiser. I read bits every day.
It's not put together in dictionary form. Instead Ms. Cresswell has written it as a narrative and it flows quite wonderfully. How on earth she managed to do that is extraordinary, but it works and makes the book exceedingly charming. I promise you won't be disappointed (in spite of a reviewer who was, but then everybody has a bad day now and then and that's not the time to comment on anything, is it?).
Robin Stuart-Kotze
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointing book! 30 July 2008
Someone gave me this as a present and given my love of all that our English language has to offer (I have enjoyed similar books, such as Balderdash and Piffle), I thought this would be a real winner.

How wrong I was.

The entries are repetitive (OK, I understand it's not meant to be like a dictionary, but could the author at least have made it a bit more comprehensive?), and the defintions drone on in a most unimaginative manner. The author professes to know everything about the subject, but the limitations of their knowledge are immediately apparent. And the tone taken in the book is an extremely pretentious one that makes one cringe to read it. The way the author treats you like an idiot is probably the worst element.

It's as though the author decided upon showing off how many "clichés" she knew in the English language, instead of giving us the interesting detail that a true linguist would provide.

Long story short: Don't bother with this if you're looking for a nice reference of clichés. As the other reviewer on here noted, you'd be a lot better off with a collection of such phrases from a respected authority like Oxford - not some nobody, with an over-inflated sense of their own ego. It's long, it's rambling, and it manages those qualities without even offering the joy of detail one expects.

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