The Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés
Praise for the previous edition:
"Recommended for public and academic collections."—Choice
"While several resources on clichés are currently available, this one standsapart for the large number of citations...Recommended for academic and publiclibraries."&151Library Journal
This updated and expanded edition of a popular title explains the meanings and origins of almost 4,000 clichés and common expressions. Each entry in The Facts On File Dictionary of Clichés, Second Edition includes the meaning of the cliché or expression, its origin and early uses, the historical development of the phrase, and its present-day usage.
For this second edition, the author has added approximately 500 new clichés, including many from the business world, such as "drum up," "fork over," and "go belly-up"; from the military, such as "the balloon goes up," "body count," and "mickey mouse"; and from popular novels, especially mysteries and thrillers. Other new cliches include "bells and whistles," "yada yada yada," and "whatever."
The Facts On File Dictionary of Clichés, Second Edition is the largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind. Fully indexed and cross-referenced, The Facts On File Dictionary of Cliches, Second Edition is an essential resource for students, writers, and anyone seeking the gift of gab.
Each entry includes:
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Fun, and Multipurpose!User Review - Overstock.com
I bought this book as a silly reference to a friend who has a cliche / pun fascination - as it turns out, several ESL friends of hers and mine found it a fantastic translation of the language! Fun book, I definitely recommend it.
The Facts on File dictionary of clichÃƒÂ©sUser Review - Book Verdict
ClichÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s often enliven our writing and speech and give us food for thought. So a dictionary of such phrases is an excellent resource for word lovers. Each of the approximately 4000 A-to-Z entries in this updated and expanded second edition by Ammer (The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms ) ranges from 30 to 200 words and contains a bit of etymology and information about usage. For example, readers learn that the true phrase behind the clichÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ "the proof is in the pudding" is actually "the proof of the pudding is in the eating," an expression particularly used in Britain, where "pudding is more of a basic dish than it is to Americans." Among the hundreds of new clichÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s in this volume are "drum up," "body count," and "yada yada yada." The index and cross references help readers find phrases that may begin a bit differently than expected. Ideally, there would be a greater number of cross references, leading readers to synonymous turns of phrase, and the index entries would apply to individual words, not just phrases. What if, e.g., a reader were only able vaguely to recall something about something in the pudding?Bottom Line Despite the small imperfections, the book is inherently fascinating and an excellent place to look for old chestnuts galore. Of the few similar books this reviewer has seen, Ammer's is more up to date and authoritative, in part because of the Facts On File name. Public libraries wanting a book specifically on clichÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s (not just proverbs or sayings) should purchase; those already owning the first edition might pass, especially where budgets are tight.-Manya Chylinksi, Boston