As the title suggests, the book looks at a number of cliches. The first recorded use is given along with how it is (often incorrectly) used. Cliches are cliches because they are so widely used and understood, but their overuse means they often become ironic references or apparently gentler ways of breaking bad news. At the end of the day, the book is an amusing look at an aspect of the language.
Rating (out of 5): ***
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