The Usual Suspects and Other Cliches

The Usual Suspects and Other Cliches : Over 1,300 Familiar Phrases Explored and Explained

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Cliches have never been flavour of the month with school teachers, editors or literary connoisseurs, and are potential banana skins for journalists and students. For most of us, preventing these old-hat expressions from punctuating our everyday conversations and writing is more easily said than done. Browsing through the entries, the reader will become aware of the myriad types of cliche, including simile (cool as a cucumber), quotation (damn with faint praise (Epistle to Doctor Arbuthnot, Alexander Pope)), doublet (odds and ends), and catchphrase (how to win friends and influence people). Betty Kirkpatrick once again spills the beans on over 1,500 of the most commonly used cliches. It is up to the reader to decide whether the use of cliche is flogging a dead horse, or exploiting a valuable means of cutting a long story short.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074757880X
  • 9780747578802

About Betty Kirkpatrick

Betty Kirkpatrick has a long and distinguished career as an editor, publisher and writer of reference books. She has edited the Bloomsbury Thesaurus and advised on the Bloomsbury English Dictionary. She is also a former editor of the Chamber's Twentieth-Century Dictionary and Roget's Thesaurus.She lives in Edinburgh and and writes a regular column on language for the Herald newspaper in Glasgow.
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