- Mass Market Paperback: 369 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345338146
- ISBN-13: 978-0345338143
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dictionary of Cliches Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1991
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"The best kind of reference book--one that amuses as it instructs. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker."
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IN A NUTSHELL, here's a terrific A TO Z listing of the meanings and origins of over 2,000 common or particularly interesting cliches for everyone who delights in the pleasure of words.
From the Back Cover
The Dictionary of Cliches offers the most thorough treatment yet published of all those trite but apt sayings we use all the time but rarely stop to consider.
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Top Customer Reviews
It was nice to hear from you. Please do not worry that your "English is not perfect" -- you should see how bad my Japanese is! (I don't know any.)
But, for better or worse, I'm actually something of a writer. But maybe you will know someone who can help you with the more difficult words. It's actually a bit hard for me to write the "smaller" words now that I have written so much for so long -- I actually use a thesaurus "backwards"; sometimes it's hard for me to think of a synonym for a "big word" that I tend to "think in" most of the time, so I have to "look up the smaller one."
GOOD "QUICK TIPS" FOR LEARNING ENGLISH
Sometimes I even resort to using a "Cross-Word Dictionary." They are better than one might think!
THERE IS ACTUALLY A "CODE" TO ENGLISH that you can kind of "break" if you read a book that breaks the language down to the Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes. Like "pro-" for example, means "moving forward," so: promotion = to move forward with a job or a product proponent = a person trying to see some ideas move forward propose = when a person brings some idea up that he/she would like to move forward program = an agenda you would like to see move forward provoke = to try to move forward an idea or cause by inciting others
... and there are many, many others. Tell all your friends and family! A great book about this is a little $5.00 paperback (in the U.S., anyway; I know in Japan "everything is more expensive," because it all has to be imported, right?) is called:
"INSTANT VOCABULARY" by Ida Erlich
Another really good little $5.Read more ›
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Each entry in this comprehensive collection is presented in a paragraph-length format, and is written in a clear, concise and humorous style that invites browsing, but is also appropriate for easy consultations, for which an index of cross-references is also included. Here you'll find the well known "head over heels," "fit as a fiddle" and "right as rain" and also the not so common "eager for the fray" and "Simon pure."
Although not all the cliches ever used are contained in this volume, it is by far the most complete compilation of its kind available on the market today.
Overall, this book is a delightful trip of exploration and discovery into the treasury of our language's most colorful remarks.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar