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The Cassell Dictionary of Catchphrases

The Cassell Dictionary of Catchphrases

Author: Nigel Rees

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0304349666

Category: Americanisms

Page: 230

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This is an entertaining guide to the myriad popular expressions and sayings that pepper the language. The dictionary not only explains the meanings of over 1200 expressions, but also shows where they came from and how thay became popular

Cassell's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins

Cassell's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins

Author: Nigel Rees

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0304362255

Category: Reference

Page: 274

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For those keen to understand where sayings and words came from, this dictionary is an ideal reference work. It gives over 1200 examples of sayings and words from all over the Anglophone world as well as their derivation.

Cassell's Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

Cassell's Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

Author: Adrian Room

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0304357669

Category: Reference

Page: 416

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The English language is packed with imported words and phrases from languages ancient and modern and CASSELL'S FOREIGN WORDS AND PHRASES is an engrossing guide. This book goes far beyond the partial coverage of conventional dictionaries and includes a vast range of everyday vocabulary, specialist terms and famous tags and mottos. Each entry is defined and dated with details of derivation and pronunciation.

In a Manner of Speaking

In a Manner of Speaking

Author: Colin McNairn

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781632208989

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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What do “the whole kit and caboodle,” “the whole shebang,” “the whole megillah,” “the whole enchilada,” “the whole nine yards,” “the whole box and dice,” and “the full Monty” have in common? They’re all expressions that mean “the entire quantity,” and they’re all examples of the breadth and depth of the English-speaking world’s vocabulary. From the multitude of words and phrases in daily use, the author of this delightful exploration into what we say and why we say it zeroes in on those expressions and sayings and their variations that are funny, quirky, just plain folksy, or playfully dressed up in rhyme or alliteration. Some may have become clichés that, as it’s said with “tongue in cheek,” should be “avoided like the plague.” Others have been distorted, deemed politically incorrect, or shrouded in mystery and must bear some explanation. Among the topics the author delves into are expressions that shouldn’t be taken literally (“dressed to kill” and “kick the bucket”), foreign expressions that crept into English (“carte blanche,” “carpe diem,” and “que sera, sera”), phrases borrowed from print ads and TV commercials (“where there’s life, there’s Bud” and “where the rubber meets the road”), animal images (“a barrel of monkeys” and “chasing your tail”), and food and drink (“cast your bread upon the water,” “chew the fat,” “bottom’s up!”, and “drink as a lord”). Here’s a book for everyone who delights in the mysteries of language and the perfect gift for all the “wordies” in your life.

"Right Makes Might"

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253040374

Category: Social Science

Page: 398

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“A powerful and timely addition to the literature of rhetoric and folklore.” —Choice In 1860, Abraham Lincoln employed the proverb Right makes might—opposite of the more aggressive Might makes right—in his famed Cooper Union address. While Lincoln did not originate the proverb, his use of it in this critical speech indicates that the fourteenth century phrase had taken on new ethical and democratic connotations in the nineteenth century. In this collection, famed scholar of proverbs Wolfgang Mieder explores the multifaceted use and function of proverbs through the history of the United States, from their early beginnings up through their use by such modern-day politicians as Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. Building on previous publications and unpublished research, Mieder explores sociopolitical aspects of the American worldview as expressed through the use of proverbs in politics, women’s rights, and the civil rights movement—and by looking at the use of proverbial phrases, Mieder demonstrates how one traditional phrase can take on numerous expressive roles over time, and how they continue to play a key role in our contemporary moment.

Political Catchphrases and Contemporary History

Political Catchphrases and Contemporary History

Author: Suman Gupta

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192678577

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Political Catchphrases and Contemporary History presents an historical account of the period 2001-2020 by focusing on the shifting connotations of certain political catchphrases and words. These allow for a linked-up narrative covering areas such as politics and policy, business and investing, austerity and inequality, identity, climate change, crowd protests, flexible working, and online education. Key junctures are 9/11, the 2002 dot-com crash and the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the Occupy movements of 2011-2012, China's economic policy from 2014 onwards, and the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. Half the book is devoted to the unusually pervasive usage of the catchphrase 'new normal'. Chapters are also given to 'we are the 99%' and the catchwords 'austerity' and 'resilience'. Case studies of these catchphrases and words occupy much of the book. The final chapter makes conceptual inferences and proposes both a theory of political catchphrases and a distinctive approach to contemporary history. The source materials are predominantly from the UK and USA, but refer, naturally, to issues of global moment.

A Dictionary of Confusable Phrases

A Dictionary of Confusable Phrases

Author: Yuri Dolgopolov

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786459957

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 403

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Covering over 10,000 idioms and collocations characterized by similarity in their wording or metaphorical idea which do not show corresponding similarity in their meanings, this dictionary presents a unique cross-section of the English language. Though it is designed specifically to assist readers in avoiding the use of inappropriate or erroneous phrases, the book can also be used as a regular phraseological dictionary providing definitions to individual idioms, clichés, and set expressions. Most phrases included in the dictionary are in active current use, making information about their meanings and usage essential to language learners at all levels of proficiency.

The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs

The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs

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Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300183351

Category: Reference

Page: 416

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"You can't unring a bell." "It takes a village to raise a child." "Life is just a bowl of cherries." We sometimes think of proverbs as expressions of ancient wisdom, but in fact new proverbs are constantly arising. This unique volume is devoted exclusively to English language proverbs that originated in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The most complete and accurate such collection ever compiled, The Yale Book of Modern Proverbs presents more than 1,400 individual proverbs gathered and researched with the help of electronic full-text databases not previously used for such a project. Entries are organized alphabetically by key words, with information about the earliest datable appearance, origin, history, and meaning of each proverb. Mundane or sublime, serious or jocular, these memorable sayings represent virtually every aspect of the modern experience. Readers will find the book almost impossible to put down once opened; every page offers further proof of the immense vitality of proverbs and their colorful contributions to the oral traditions of today.

I Love It When You Talk Retro

I Love It When You Talk Retro

Author: Ralph Keyes

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429952474

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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An entertaining and informative book about the fashion and fads of language Today's 18-year-olds may not know who Mrs. Robinson is, where the term "stuck in a groove" comes from, why 1984 was a year unlike any other, how big a bread box is, how to get to Peyton Place, or what the term Watergate refers to. I Love It When You Talk Retro discusses these verbal fossils that remain embedded in our national conversation long after the topic they refer to has galloped off into the sunset. That could be a person (Mrs. Robinson), product (Edsel), past bestseller (Catch-22), radio or TV show (Gangbusters), comic strip (Alphonse and Gaston), or advertisement (Where's the beef?) long forgotten. Such retroterms are words or phrases in current use whose origins lie in our past. Ralph Keyes takes us on an illuminating and engaging tour through the phenomenon that is Retrotalk—a journey, oftentimes along the timelines of American history and the faultlines of culture, that will add to the word-lover's store of trivia and obscure references. "The phrase "drinking the Kool-Aid" is a mystery to young people today, as is "45rpm." Even older folks don't know the origins of "raked over the coals" and "cut to the chase." Keyes (The Quote Verifier) uses his skill as a sleuth of sources to track what he calls "retrotalk": "a slippery slope of puzzling allusions to past phenomena." He surveys the origins of "verbal fossils" from commercials (Kodak moment), jurisprudence (Twinkie defense), movies (pod people), cartoons (Caspar Milquetoast) and literature (brave new world). Some pop permutations percolated over decades: Radio's Take It or Leave It spawned a catch phrase so popular the program was retitled The $64 Question and later returned as TV's The $64,000 Question. Keyes's own book Is There Life After High School? became both a Broadway musical and a catch phrase. Some entries are self-evident or have speculative origins, but Keyes's nonacademic style and probing research make this both an entertaining read and a valuable reference work." --Publishers Weekly

Cassell's Dictionary of Word Histories

Cassell's Dictionary of Word Histories

Author: Adrian Room

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0304363839

Category: Reference

Page: 690

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Presents more than 20,000 definitions and word histories, with information on parts of speech and period of entry into the language.

Around the World in 80 Cliches

Around the World in 80 Cliches

Author: Laura Lee

Publisher: Wellfleet Press

ISBN: 9781577151524

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Travel the world with these incredibly fun cliches! Whether cliches get under your skin or make you laugh, Around the World in 80 Cliches goes the extra mile to provide an essential resource for students, teachers, writers, and anyone with a keen interest in language. Each phrase and expression comes with an explanation and place of origin. Cheeky and informative, each cliche is presented in such a way that is sure to keep you laughing through all of your adventures!