In It's Been Said Before, lexicographer Orin Hargraves examines the peculiar idea and power of the clichÃ©. He helps readers understand why certain phrases became clichÃ©s and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them. Indeed, clichÃ©s can be useful -- even powerful. And few people even agree on which expressions are clichÃ©s and which are not. Many regard any frequent idiom as a clichÃ©, and a phrase regarded as a clichÃ© 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 clichÃ©s. They also illuminate his commentary on usage problems and helpful suggestions for eliminating clichÃ©s 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.
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