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The Resource It's been said before : a guide to the use and abuse of cliches, Orin Hargraves

It's been said before : a guide to the use and abuse of cliches, Orin Hargraves

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It's been said before : a guide to the use and abuse of cliches
Title
It's been said before
Title remainder
a guide to the use and abuse of cliches
Statement of responsibility
Orin Hargraves
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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, clichés can be useful -- even powerful. And few people even agree on which expressions are clichés and which are not. Many regard any frequent idiom as a cliché, and a phrase regarded as a cliché in one context may be seen simply as an effective expression in another. Examples drawn from data about actual usage support Hargraves' identification of true clichés. They also illuminate his commentary on usage problems and helpful suggestions for eliminating clichés where they serve no useful purpose. Concise and lively, It's Been Said Before serves as a guide to the most overused phrases in the English language -- and to phrases that are used exactly as often as they should be"--
  • "This book provides a concise and lively guide to the most abused phrases in the English language today"--
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
428/.1
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1442
LC item number
.H37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Label
It's been said before : a guide to the use and abuse of cliches, Orin Hargraves
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Introduction -- 1. Adjectival Clichés: Clichés that modify nouns or serve as predicates after linking verbs -- 2. Adverbial Clichés: Clichés that function as adverbials, describing how, when, with what, in what manner, etc. -- 3. People, Places, and Things: Clichés that function as noun phrases -- 4. Framing Devices: Clichés used to introduce, contextualize, or conclude questions or statements -- 5. Modifier Abuse: Clichés arising from extremely frequent and/or inapt collocation of particular adjectives with nouns, or of submodifying adverbs with adjectives -- 6. Predicate Clichés: Clichés beginning with a finite verb that serve as complete predicates -- 7. Quantification: Clichés that characterize quantities -- 8. Situational Clichés: Clichés consisting of complete sentences that characterize a situation or action -- 9. Clichés About Clichés: ways that people talk about or mention clichés that are themselves clichés -- 10. Appendix I: joined by "and" clichés: numerous phrases consisting of words joined by 'and'
Control code
ocn862780807
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
229 pages
Isbn
9780199315734
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013047098
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)862780807
Label
It's been said before : a guide to the use and abuse of cliches, Orin Hargraves
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Introduction -- 1. Adjectival Clichés: Clichés that modify nouns or serve as predicates after linking verbs -- 2. Adverbial Clichés: Clichés that function as adverbials, describing how, when, with what, in what manner, etc. -- 3. People, Places, and Things: Clichés that function as noun phrases -- 4. Framing Devices: Clichés used to introduce, contextualize, or conclude questions or statements -- 5. Modifier Abuse: Clichés arising from extremely frequent and/or inapt collocation of particular adjectives with nouns, or of submodifying adverbs with adjectives -- 6. Predicate Clichés: Clichés beginning with a finite verb that serve as complete predicates -- 7. Quantification: Clichés that characterize quantities -- 8. Situational Clichés: Clichés consisting of complete sentences that characterize a situation or action -- 9. Clichés About Clichés: ways that people talk about or mention clichés that are themselves clichés -- 10. Appendix I: joined by "and" clichés: numerous phrases consisting of words joined by 'and'
Control code
ocn862780807
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
229 pages
Isbn
9780199315734
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013047098
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)862780807

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