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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 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
on 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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on 4 November 2013
Food for many chortles. One could hear the giggles and amusement all over the house. Husband, brother, son have one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2012
I thought that this book would be interesting and witty but unfortunately it is neither. The book is boring and the "witty descriptions" are not funny. I'm not sure what they were aiming for but if it was leaving the reader feeling like they had wasted their money then they succeeded in that. I will be taking it to the charity shop tomorrow where I suspect that it will collect dust, given that people will be able to look inside the book before deciding whether or not to buy it. There are a few similar books on the market so I would recommend buying one of those instead. There is nothing new to learn here.
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on 22 March 2015
No problems at all, good price, quick delivery. Thanks.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
`It's Not Rocket Science and Other Irritating Modern Clichés', as the titles suggest, is a book looking at various clichés and where they come from, as well as having some of their own humorous interpretations of alterative meanings. It is divided into chapters covering clichés related to general, media, entertainment, commercial, business, political and social and each section is in alphabetical order. Some entries are genuinely interesting and other will raise a wry smile, but this isn't full on belly holding humour and this is best to dip into at odd moments. Maybe when you are spending the odd ten minutes in the bathroom as this is definitely toilet side reading. This is light hearted and easy to read and although its not great, it is a worthy addition to the pulp humour genre. It's a stocking filler and not much more.

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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is full of words and sayings that people over-use these days. It sounded quite funny so I thought I would buy it. It is in alphabetical order and by the time you get to about letter G you're bored.

I must admit some parts are funny especially if you can relate to them and if people you know use the phrases. It only took me one night to read this book so I don't think it was really worth the money. I'd say read it if you can borrow it from someone or get it from a library but I wouldn't recommend buying it. If you're not really much of a reader and just want something light you'd probably like this.
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