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The Cat's Pyjamas: The Penguin Book of Clichés

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A fascinating, thematic exploration of clichés from as the actress said to the bishop to zero hour, explaining what they are and where they’ve come from. Julia Cresswell has taken her best-selling dictionary of clichés (‘Sumptuous… A mine of information.’ Guardian) back to the drawing board and has created a book, packed with famous (and infamous) quotations and memorable ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Penguin
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Jul 11, 2016 Adam Stevenson rated it really liked it
Wouldn’t you know it, but cliches are interesting.

They have fascinating tales to tell, preserve outdated forms of words and can change until they mean the exact opposite of what they originally meant. (For example, a ‘learning curve’ was originally a graph showing how people learn, so a steep learning curve would have shown someone learning something easily, not finding it difficult.)

It’s not a scholarly woke like a Jonathan Green slang dictionary, but it is an interesting collection of facts an
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