Cliches Paperback – 15 Jan 1999
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From the Back Cover
Cliches: the bad guys of the English language, overused, abused, and sniffed at by school teachers? Or do they receive bad press? Are they actually an irreplaceable form of linguistic shorthand? Betty Kirkpatrick, an editor of Roget's Thesaurus, has exhaustively researched and compiled a list of our most common phrases, presented alphabetically. She provides the origin of each cliche, a humorous example of its use, and explores how a phrase becomes a cliche, when we use them, and why. This dictionary is a must for writers, crossword puzzle buffs, and anyone who is intrigued by language.
About the Author
Betty Kirkpatrick is a writer and lexicographer. Editor of both the "Bloomsbury Thesaurus "and "Roget's Thesaurus," she was formerly editor of the "Chambers Twentieth-Century Dictionary." She lives in Scotland.