The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches: Meanings and Origins of Thousands of Terms and Expressions
The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches: Meanings and Origins of Thousands of Terms and Expressions
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Annotation: Explains the meanings and origins of more than 4,000 cliches and common expressions.
Catalog Number: #5103513
Format: Library Binding
All Formats: Search
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Facts On File
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: x, 556 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8160-8353-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-8160-8353-4
Dewey: 423
LCCN: 2010049234
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Christine Ammer acknowledges in the preface to this second edition of her dictionary of clichés that it may seem oxymoronic for her to speak of updating a dictionary of clichés by adding new clichés. But of course every cliché is new at some blurry point along a time line, just as others gradually fall out of favor. Thus, as a linguist whose concern is current usage, Ammer has not only added new ones (new in the sense of having recently become established as clichés) but she has culled and discarded many older clichés ch as alas and alack and blot one's copybook at appeared in the first edition but that are rarely seen or heard nowadays. Taking the long view of the historian, Ammer regards a collection such as hers as giving form to the particularity of an era's attitude. A pointed example is drawn from the testimony of a young soldier pressed by her comrades to participate in harassment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Her response, when agreeing to join in, was OK. Whatever. This example, along with several others, appears in the entry for whatever, which Ammer says is one of the most recent additions to clichédom, noting, too, that it is used very loosely. Her own definition any case; anything goes; as you wish certainly adequate, though it hardly accounts for the word being sometimes irksome, and even incendiary, as well as nonchalant. In this connection, she adduces the actor Russell Crowe's assault on a hotel clerk who uttered the word with a greater measure of disrespect than Crowe thought appropriate. (It's an absolute delight to find such matters brought up in discussing meaning and usage.) The thoroughness of this entry is typical of the whole, and the same thoroughness may be found in the indexing, which permits both phrasal and keyword searches. Recommended for all libraries wanting to keep their collection of English-language resources current.
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Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Praise for the previous edition:...an excellent resource for word lovers...inherently fascinating and an excellent place to look for old chestnuts galore... Library Journal
...[thorough]...Recommended for all libraries... Booklist
The meanings and origins of literally thousands of words and definitions come to life...recommended... Midwest Book Review
...an invaluable tool for writers and general readers. Christian Library JournalThe Facts On File Dictionary of Clichs, Third Edition is the largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind. Featuring hundreds of new clichs, this updated and expanded edition explains the meanings and origins of more than 4,000 clichs and common expressions. Each entry includes the meaning of the clich or expression, its origin and early uses, its historical development, and its present-day usage. This fully indexed and cross-referenced resource is essential for students, writers, and anyone seeking the gift of gab.New entries include:
Don't go there
Flavor of the month
Ground zero
Not so much
Show me the money
So yesterday
and more.

Praise for the previous edition: "...an excellent resource for word lovers...inherently fascinating and an excellent place to look for old chestnuts galore..."-Library Journal "...[thorough]...Recommended for all libraries..."-Booklist "The meanings and origins of literally thousands of words and definitions come to life...recommended..."-Midwest Book Review "...an invaluable tool for writers and general readers."-Christian Library Journal The Facts On File Dictionary of Clichés, Third Edition is the largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind. Featuring hundreds of new clichés, this updated and expanded edition explains the meanings and origins of more than 4,000 clichés and common expressions. Each entry includes the meaning of the cliché or expression, its origin and early uses, its historical development, and its present-day usage. This fully indexed and cross-referenced resource is essential for students, writers, and anyone seeking the gift of gab. New entries include: "Don't go there" "Flavor of the month" "Ground zero" "Not so much" "Show me the money" "So yesterday" and more.


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