Cliches have become such a familiar part of the English language and people's everyday speech that many are now trite, meaningless and often quite irritating. This book looks at cliches in their many forms and shows where they came from and why they should be avoided.
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At the end of the day, when it comes to getting your head around cliches, everybody seems to be singing from the same hymn sheet. Cliches have become such a familiar part of the English language and people's everyday speech that many are now trite, meaningless and often quite irritating. This book looks at cliches in their many forms - once useful but overworked catch phrases ('move the goal posts'), worn-out sayings ('all hands on deck'), pointless phrases used to conceal a weak argument ('to be perfectly honest'), technical terms used out of context ('collateral damage'), and many others. It shows where they came from and, with examples from people who ought to know better, why they should be avoided. Entertaining and informative, this collection of cliches really is the best thing since sliced bread ...
Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
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They're the everyday phrases that we all love to hate - and all love to use. Author Nigel Fountain cuts to the chase and tells us what they really mean Mail on Sunday Guides the reader through the origins, histories and meanings of cliches in every form The Oldie