|About the Book|
“A WONDERFUL VOLUME which sits above my desk in Beirut” – Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent of The Independent.THE JOY OF CLICHÉ is a critical survey of clichés in modern use. It tells of their origins – sometimes, initially, as rather good and colourful phrases – and shows how they have turned into worn out words that should be avoided ‘like the proverbial barge-pole’. Particularly, it illustrates their use by copious examples from journalism, broadcasting and wherever this form of language abuse is practised. Here, if you ‘take this journey’, you will find a devastating catalogue of ‘defining moments’, ‘level playing fields’ and ‘at this moment in times’, in a ‘cutting edge’, ‘ground-breaking’, not to say ‘agenda-setting’, collection that is, ‘at the end of the day’, as author Nigel Rees avers, ‘not a pretty sight’.