5 thoughts on “Clichés

  1. I was predisposed to be a fan of this book: my copy was a free gift. There’s something extra liberating about opening it up – and a hardback no less – with that blissful new-book scent and the smug I-almost-feel-dirty knowledge that it hasn’t cost so much as a penny to obtain. It isn’t rocket science – freebies are always fondly received, especially when they prove themselves to contain quite the repertoire of hidden jewels. The coverage of ‘Fat Cat’, ‘One Trick Pony’ and ‘Orwellian Nightmare’ l

  2. There’s certainly no “blue-sky thinking” in this gem—a must for all writers and, at the end of the day, a fun read for everyone else. Here’s a book that shouldn’t be judged by its cover—Nigel Fountain has some very sharp words for the lazy thinking that bubbles a ready cliché to lip and pen (watch out texters and Facebookers who use ROFL, let alone the surely inoffensive LOL). Fountain points out that so many clichés have become so, not so much from obvious overuse, but from the way the original

  3. This is a cute little book. I received it as a free gift with my book order at Folio Society, and spent quite a few minutes reading random pages in it. I didn’t read the whole thing, since it is much like a dictionairy, but I think I will definitely read in it from time to time. (Also, it looks so good on the bookshelf.)

    What I read I found quite interesting, there were a lot of things I had never thought of as clichés, and I learned several interesting facts about more “famous” clichés. Recommen

  4. It was a free gift. It’s just a collection of some cliches and a quick history on how, where, when, why they were started and the original meanings. I didn’t bother reading the entire book – just like I have never sat down and read an entire dictionary, but from time to time I’ll pick it up, open a random page, and read a bit. Some are funny, some are enlightening, some are just wasting time. I can’t really recommend buying it unless you really like cliches

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