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This compilation of overused words and phrases is the ultimate tool for the writer who seeks to weed out common, tired language and replace it with concise writing. ...

Title : The Dimwit's Dictionary: 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them
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ISBN : 9780966517675
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Dimwit's Dictionary: 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them Reviews

  • Mark
    2019-05-24 04:28

    Hey, I know, let's all become the pompous vocabulary police and take all the personality out of our writing! Tedious to read and filled with unimaginative alternatives to what the authors believe are overused phrases (but are pretty much every phrase you've ever heard - hackneyed or not), this book is helpful only if you want to write like this (taken from a passage where one of the authors defends his use of acerbic commentary in the book):"This pedagogy may strike some as unworkable, and perhaps its efficacy is suspect, but we surely know that other methods of tutelage are largely unsuccessful."Sheesh! Look, I understand that clich├ęs are overused, but suggesting I replace "raining cats and dogs" with "raining" doesn't improve the writing, it just makes it more boring.

  • Pia Veleno
    2019-05-02 06:49

    Nowadays, this kind of thing would end up as an ongoing blog rant, or a mildly amusing Twitter account. I picked it up for reference, to help avoid cliche phrasing in my writing, but this wasn't helpful in that regard and I hesitate to leave it on my writing-reference bookshelf.May be useful as entertainment, or for someone looking to write a farce of tired metaphors and eye roll inducing similes.

  • Ron Cooper
    2019-05-11 09:26

    As a writer, I try to avoid time-worn phrases and trite words and it's much easier now that I have Fiske's book in my reference library. Learn to identify "wretched redundancies" and "moribund metaphors" and much more as Fiske's addresses how we butcher the English language and how we can correct our misguided course. Hats off to you, sir!

  • Cary Neeper
    2019-05-11 04:50

    A good reminder of which phrases have been overused, with some good, some questionable, suggestions for alternates. I was surprised to find few missing. A few were so specific the could still be useful.

  • Wendy Jones
    2019-05-16 05:22

    This is an excellent book and I wanted to give it a detailed review. I have done this on my blog so take a look and find out why I rate it so highly