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The Dictionary of Clich s

The Dictionary of Clich  s Author Christine Ammer
ISBN-10 9781628734591
Release 2013-11-05
Pages 544
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The largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind, The Dictionary of Clichés features more than four thousand unique clichés and common expressions. Author Christine Ammer explores the phrases and terms that enliven our language and uncovers expressions that have long been considered dead. With each entry, she includes a thorough definition, origin of the term, and an insightful example. Some of the clichés brought into the limelight include: • Blood is thicker than water • Monkey see, monkey do • Brass tacks • Burn the midnight oil • Change of heart • Moral fiber • By the book Whether clichés get under your skin or make you happy as a clam, The Dictionary of Clichés goes the extra mile to provide an essential resource for students, teachers, writers, and anyone with a keen interest in language. And that’s food for thought.

A Plethora of Platitudes

A Plethora of Platitudes Author Jay J. Smith
ISBN-10 1462089666
Release 2000-07-11
Pages 124
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Platitudes, cliches and adages are pervasive in almost every part of our everyday lives and in every part of our culture. Every day we either hear them or use them ourselves, often without thinking about them. These "words of wisdom" express our feelings about love, time, money, health, wealth, humor and every aspect of life in general. Usually, they are a shorthand way of expressing an idea. The words used, in most cases, are not meant to be taken literally. Because of their common usage we can ascertain their meaning even in their shorthand form. There are thousands of platitudes and no one can claim to have heard all of them. Each one can have variations, which express the same, or even different ideas and will change from region to region. Their meaning can also be open to interpretation by the person who uses them.


Cliches Author Betty Kirkpatrick
ISBN-10 9780312198442
Release 1999-01-15
Pages 224
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Betty Kirkpatrick has complied and exhaustive dictionary--a must for writers, crossword puzzle buffs, and anyone who is intrigued by language. Sample entries from Cliches Let the cat out of the bag is an idiom cliche meaning to reveal a secret. In origin it refers allegedly to a fairground tick by which traders sold unwary buyers a cat in a bag, assuring them it was a pig. The buyers did not realize their mistake until they let the cat out of the back, by which time it was too late. Bite the bullet is an idiom cliche meaning to steel oneself to accept something distressing. In origin it probably refers to the days before anesthesia, when soldiers wounded in battle were given a lead bullet to bite on to brace themselves against the pain of surgery. Fly off the handle is an idiom cliche meaning to lose one's temper. Originally American, the expression has its origin in an ax or hammer, the handle of which becomes loosened and flies off after it has struck a blow.

The Dictionary of Cliches

The Dictionary of Cliches Author James Rogers
ISBN-10 0345338146
Release 1986-12
Pages 369
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The first dictionary of its kind revitalizes more than two thousand cliches and tired phrases by revealing the history of the origin behind each one

Nabokov s Favorite Word Is Mauve

Nabokov s Favorite Word Is Mauve Author Ben Blatt
ISBN-10 9781501105388
Release 2017-03-14
Pages 288
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What are our favorite authors’ favorite words? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? How can we judge a book by its cover? Data meets literature in this playful and informative look at our favorite authors and their masterpieces. “A literary detective story: fast-paced, thought-provoking, and intriguing.” —Brian Christian, coauthor of Algorithms to Live By There’s a famous piece of writing advice—offered by Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, and myriad writers in between—not to use -ly adverbs like “quickly” or “fitfully.” It sounds like solid advice, but can we actually test it? If we were to count all the -ly adverbs these authors used in their careers, do they follow their own advice compared to other celebrated authors? What’s more, do great books in general—the classics and the bestsellers—share this trait? In Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve, statistician and journalist Ben Blatt brings big data to the literary canon, exploring the wealth of fun findings that remain hidden in the works of the world’s greatest writers. He assembles a database of thousands of books and hundreds of millions of words, and starts asking the questions that have intrigued curious word nerds and book lovers for generations: What are our favorite authors’ favorite words? Do men and women write differently? Are bestsellers getting dumber over time? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? What makes a great opening sentence? How can we judge a book by its cover? And which writerly advice is worth following or ignoring? Blatt draws upon existing analysis techniques and invents some of his own. All of his investigations and experiments are original, conducted himself, and no math knowledge is needed to understand the results. Blatt breaks his findings down into lucid, humorous language and clear and compelling visuals. This eye-opening book will provide you with a new appreciation for your favorite authors and a fresh perspective on your own writing, illuminating both the patterns that hold great prose together and the brilliant flourishes that make it unforgettable.

Unsung A History of Women in American Music

Unsung  A History of Women in American Music Author Christine Ammer
ISBN-10 9781483577005
Release 2016-07-26
Pages 600
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This updates and expanded edition of the classic text in the field describes hundreds of women musicians -- composers, instrumentalists, orchestra and opera managers, music educators, and music patrons, and their activity from the 18th to 21st centuries. It includes their most important compositions and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and Gravemeyer Award. It also includes descriptions of women's ensembles, both classical, such as the Women's Philharmonic of Chicago, and popular jazz groups.

Me Against My Brother

Me Against My Brother Author Scott Peterson
ISBN-10 9781135955526
Release 2014-04-04
Pages 400
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As a foreign correspondent, Scott Peterson witnessed firsthand Somalia's descent into war and its battle against US troops, the spiritual degeneration of Sudan's Holy War, and one of the most horrific events of the last half century: the genocide in Rwanda. In Me Against My Brother, he brings these events together for the first time to record a collapse that has had an impact far beyond African borders.In Somalia, Peterson tells of harrowing experiences of clan conflict, guns and starvation. He met with warlords, observed death intimately and nearly lost his own life to a Somali mob. From ground level, he documents how the US-UN relief mission devolved into all out war - one that for America has proven to be the most formative post-Cold War debacle. In Sudan, he journeys where few correspondents have ever been, on both sides of that religious front line, to find that outside "relief" has only prolonged war. In Rwanda, his first-person experience of the genocide and well-documented analysis provide rare insight into this human tragedy.Filled with the dust, sweat and powerful detail of real-life, Me Against My Brother graphically illustrates how preventive action and a better understanding of Africa - especially by the US - could have averted much suffering. Also includes a 16-page color insert.

Harper s Dictionary of Music

Harper s Dictionary of Music Author Christine Ammer
ISBN-10 0709130643
Release 1972
Pages 414
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Harper s Dictionary of Music has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Harper s Dictionary of Music also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Harper s Dictionary of Music book for free.

Barron s SAT Writing Workbook

Barron s SAT Writing Workbook Author George Ehrenhaft
ISBN-10 0764142046
Release 2009
Pages 390
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Presents reviews of grammar, word usage and writing skills; provides test-taking tips; and includes questions similar to those found on the examination.

Napoleon Hill s Keys to Success

Napoleon Hill s Keys to Success Author Napoleon Hill
ISBN-10 0452272815
Release 1997-01
Pages 244
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A companion to the inspirational business book "Think and Grow Rich" offers an expansion of the principles outlined in the original volume, including mental exercises and self-analysis techniques

The Origins and Development of the English Language

The Origins and Development of the English Language Author John Algeo
ISBN-10 9781428231450
Release 2009-02-02
Pages 368
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Updated to reflect current research and rewritten for further clarity of presentation, the sixth edition of the best-selling THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE continues to take a linguistic-analysis approach and focuses on the facts of language rather than on theoretical approaches. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Gabay s Copywriters Compendium

Gabay s Copywriters  Compendium Author J. Jonathan Gabay
ISBN-10 9780750683203
Release 2007
Pages 709
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Marketers, creative writers, and individuals for whom copywriting forms part of their job are often required to produce innovative and engaging copy in a short space of time. Creativity is not always to hand, and therefore on some occasions additional help is required to find the right phrase, description or slogan. Gabay's Copywriting Compendium contains a wealth of inspiring tips, ideas and descriptions to aid the writing process, such as advice on spelling and grammar, examples of rhyming words, suggested euphemisms, and odd facts. - Provides a "Top 25 Rules" section for a number of key topics, such as how to brainstorm, how to write innovative copy, and how to think creatively - Has been carefully designed to ensure the material can be accessed quickly and easily - Easy to read layout will assist copywriters in finding appropriate help at any particular moment

Popular Psychology

Popular Psychology Author Luis A. Cordón
ISBN-10 0313324573
Release 2005-01-01
Pages 274
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Entries cover a variety of topics in the field of popular psychology, including acupuncture, emotional intelligence, brainwashing, chemical inbalance, and seasonal affective disorder.

The Facts on File Dictionary of Clich s

The Facts on File Dictionary of Clich  s Author Christine Ammer
ISBN-10 0816083533
Release 2011
Pages 556
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Praise for the previous edition: " 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 " 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.

Vex Hex Smash Smooch Let Verbs Power Your Writing

Vex  Hex  Smash  Smooch  Let Verbs Power Your Writing Author Constance Hale
ISBN-10 9780393084269
Release 2012-10-15
Pages 224
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A writing handbook that celebrates the infinite pizzazz of verbs. Writers know it instinctively: Verbs make a sentence zing. Grammar gurus agree: Drama in writing emerges from the interplay of a subject (noun) and a predicate (verb). Constance Hale, the best-selling author of Sin and Syntax, zooms in on the colorful world of verbs. Synthesizing the pedagogical and the popular, the scholarly and the scandalous, Hale combines the wit of Bill Bryson with the practical wisdom of William Zinsser. She marches through linguistic history to paint a layered picture of our language—from before it really existed to the quirky usages we see online today. She warns about habits to avoid and inspires with samples of brilliant writing. A veteran teacher, Hale gives writing prompts along the way, helping readers “try, do, write, play.” Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch guides us to more powerful writing by demonstrating how to use great verbs with style.


Spymaster Author Oleg Kalugin
ISBN-10 9780465014453
Release 2009-03-03
Pages 480
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Oleg Kalugin oversaw the work of American spies, matched wits with the CIA, and became one of the youngest generals in KGB history. Even so, he grew increasingly disillusioned with the Soviet system. In 1990, he went public, exposing the intelligence agencyÕs shadowy methods. Revised and updated in the light of the KGBÕs enduring presence in Russian politics, Spymaster is KaluginÕs impressively illuminating memoir of the final years of the Soviet Union.

Understanding Arabs

Understanding Arabs Author Margaret K. Nydell
ISBN-10 9781473690912
Release 2018-07-26
Pages 352
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For nearly three decades, diplomats, students, business people and governments have relied on Dr. Margaret Nydell's seminal work as the essential guide to comprehending an immensely varied culture. Covering all aspects of Arab life, from religion and society to social norms and communication styles, this all-encompassing guide reveals what the often misunderstood Arab culture is really like. Each chapter, including the examples, all statistics and charts, and each country overview has been extensively updated to reflect current events. This candid and readable guide for non-specialists promotes understanding between modern-day Arabs and Westerners without pushing a political agenda. It beautifully captures the contrasts and characteristics of a great, largely misunderstood civilization and brings them vividly to life.