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Published: 11 September 2014

248 Pages


ISBN: 9780199315734

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It's Been Said Before

A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Clichés

Orin Hargraves

  • Examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided — or why they still have life left in them
  • Contains new statistics about the use of clichés in modern English
  • Analyzes clichés in terms of their intended function and purpose
  • Takes examples of actual usage from the Oxford English Corpus

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