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Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions

In what may just be the most detailed, accurate and comprehensive book of its type ever published, Stanley J. St. Clair, author of On the Origin of the Clichés and Evolution of Idioms, delves deep into the history of phrases and common English expressions, exposing numerous misconceptions and incorrect previously published origins. By enlarging the page size, using smaller print, and removing the illustrations and humorous antidotes, St. Clair is able to include all of the entries in his two previous volumes and double the combined number in this remarkable work. Many of our common catchphrases are actually misquotes, often even attributed wrongly. Did you know that “Me Tarzan, you Jane” was never used in any Tarzan book or movie? Are you aware of the fact that “Elementary, my dear Watson” never appeared in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels? Then from where did these quotes originate? Did you know that “umpteenth time” was in use almost 100 years before top printed sources claim? Did you know that “God willing and the Creeks don’t rise” originally had nothing to do with streams of water? Did you know that “How do you like them apples?” was not referring to the fruit, and that the date of its first appearance in print is often wrongly stated? Unlike most phrase dictionaries, in many cases this work not only gives the definition and most likely origin, but early citations as well. With entries as ancient as “By the skin of my teeth” to as new as “Kicking the can down the road,” this comprehensive work is sure to appeal to seekers of truth everywhere. The author welcomes your comments.

Most Comprehensive Origins of Clichés, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, Book 2

This book is a fascinating continuation of the journey begun by researcher St. Clair in 2010 and contained in the original volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Clichés, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions published in 2013, and revised in 2014 and 2015. As in that work, like his previous phrase origin books, St. Clair disproves much folk etymology and claims by other published sources, often by showing earlier citations which indicate that many popular stories regarding the origins of idioms, proverbs and metaphors are totally untrue.

Some new features include cross-referencing on expressions which may be arranged in more than one way, plus referrals back to the original volume when applicable. Also he has added numerical identification of those entries primarily native to Britain and Australia. Another new aspect is inclusion of some common oxymorons which have become cliché. This volume has over 1,000 new entries and is a must for those who own the first volume.


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