The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

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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.

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The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Clichés: What They Mean and Where They Came From

Hardback177pp Illustrated202x134mm

9781606525678     Product Code: 218975

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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.

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