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It's been said before : a guide to the use and abuse of clichés

Author: Orin Hargraves
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Careful writers and speakers agree that clichés are generally to be avoided. However, nearly all of us continue to use them. Why do they persist in our language? In It's Been Said Before, lexicographer Orin Hargraves examines the peculiar idea and power of the cliché. He helps readers understand why certain phrases became clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them. Indeed,
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Genre/Form: Humor
Terms and phrases
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Orin Hargraves
ISBN: 9780199315734 0199315736
OCLC Number: 862780807
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 229 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: What is a cliché? --
Clichés that name things --
Adjectival and quantifying clichés --
Adverbial clichés --
Predicate clichés --
Framing devices --
Modifier fatigue --
Clichés in tandem.
Responsibility: Orin Hargraves.
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