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The Usual Suspects and Other Cliches: Names and Shames More Than 1,500 Familiar Words and Phrases Paperback – 30 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 3Rev Ed edition (30 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713674962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713674965
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 20.5 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"the Witchfinder-General of Rhetorical redundancy, the Lynne Truss of stylistic staleness. A doughy one is better qualified...A cracking read." Scottish Sunday Herald (5 Feb 2006) "A goldmine for lovers of words and language" Writing Magazine (March 2006) "This is a cracking little hardback which I recommend wholeheartedly. It is one of that genre of books, rare in the reference domain that is physically pleasing to hold and use." Languages and Literature (2006)

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Betty Kirkpatrick has a long and distinguished career as an editor, publisher and writer of reference books. She has edited the Bloomsbury Thesaurus and advised on the Bloomsbury English Dictionary.

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