Cliches: What They Mean and Where They Come From
Reader's Digest 2012
9781606525678   Product Code: 18975
From Affluent society to Zero-sum game, Nigel Fountain lays bare the origins, meaning and misuse of more than 100 familiar phrases. Whether explaining the scientific basis of 'pushing the envelope' and 'quantum leap', the business credentials of 'bottom line' or the former military efficacy of 'heads-up', the book offers cogent arguments for cleaning up our vocabulary and simply abandoning some of the worst offenders.