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The Snark Handbook: Clichés Edition: Overused Buzzwords, Hackneyed Phrases, and Other Misuses of the English Language download ebook

by Lawrence Dorfman

The Snark Handbook: Clichés Edition: Overused Buzzwords, Hackneyed Phrases, and Other Misuses of the English Language download ebook
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1616086351
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Lawrence Dorfman
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Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (November 1, 2012)
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This book is a collection of the most overused phrases of all time. Hopefully, it'll make you laugh. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read

This book is a collection of the most overused phrases of all time. Hopefully, it'll make them think. And at the end of the day, if the early bird catches the worm and the slow and steady win the race. now. 20 black-and-white illustrations. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them.

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In the introduction, Dorfman explains quite humorously his opinion about cliches. They are the hobgoblin of little minds. For many, they are the drug of choice. For most of us, once you begin to take notice, they are fingernails on a blackboard.

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CLICHE: noun Etymology: French, literally, printer's stereotype, from past participle of clicher, to stereotype, of imitative Origin Date: 1892 1: a trite phrase or expression; also: the idea expressed by it 2: a hackneyed theme, characterization, or situation 3: something that has become overly familiar or commonplace. In the words of Stephen Fry, "It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue

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CLICHÉ: nounEtymology: French, literally, printer's stereotype, from past participle of clichér, to stereotype, of imitative originDate: 18921 : a trite phrase or expression; also : the idea expressed by it2 : a hackneyed theme, characterization, or situation3 : something that has become overly familiar or commonplace

 In the words of Stephen Fry, “It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue.” Clichés are like rationalizations: try going a week without using one. It can't be done! They are the hobgoblin of little minds. For most of us, once you begin to take notice, they are fingernails on a chalkboard.

From Shakespeare to Shakira; in music, on television, at the movies; in the boardroom, on a conference call, online or in person, clichés have taken over the world. While some nitwits might say they're just misunderstood, they didn't start out that way. There was a time when they were new and vibrant, clever and pithy. Now they're just predictable—a vapid collection of much-too-familiar descriptions or metaphors that often replace smart conversation, speech, or writing. This book is a collection of the most overused phrases of all time. Hopefully, it'll make you laugh. Hopefully, it'll make them think. And at the end of the day, if the early bird catches the worm and the slow and steady win the race . . .

 Please . . . kill . . . me . . . now.

Reviews:
  • Alsantrius
I continue to purchase this line of books from this author hoping they are as good as the very first one I ever read. These don't compare.
  • Reddefender
I got this for a stocking present because it was in the Washingtonian magazine. It was awful and just not funny at all. Don't waste your money.
  • Macage
This book was not what I was expecting. The author's Snark the Herald Angels Sing was much better - funny, charming and real.

It seems in this book the author is spewing really nasty snark after the cliches. It's not even wit or sarcasm, just meanness. His responses to the cliches are worse than the cliches! Ex. - "I woke up at the crack of dawn - and boy was she not happy about it." Huh? And "A good man is hard to find - or is it a hard man is good to find - either way you're screwed." Wha? Well, that one might be a little funny, thanks to Mae West, but most of them are not. And lots of his insults directed at whom? Should we try them on people who utter these cliches? Sort of like MAD Magazine's snappy answers to stupid questions, but unfunny.

Some of the sayings you would only say to children, in light situations and maybe even in some tense situations. Sometimes a a little levity breaks the ice, especially if the person is sincere or truly funny. I'm not going to stop using them. As the blurb on the back states anyway, it's almost impossible to go a week without doing so.

Luckily I, like another poster found it at the library.
  • Granigrinn
There's little wit here, but plenty of vulgarity, meanness, and weak jokes. (Using cliches in the intro to describe a book about cliches! Ha ha, how ironic and original!) The author may hope to encourage his readers to avoid cliches by mocking as many of them as he can think of, but you can find the same argument given much more intelligently and efficiently in just a few pages of Strunk and White. There's a style or punctuation error at least every few pages, which seems particularly egregious in a book about language. I could go on, but in the interest of brevity, I'll simply say: don't waste your time with this one.
  • Usishele
As a writer and editor I was severely unnerved when I discovered I was contributing to the death of the English language on a daily basis. I spewed cliches as if they were droplets of ancient wisdom. Thankfully, author and AmericasComedy.Com contributor Larry Dorfman was here to set me straight with one of his many Snark Handbooks, Cliches Edition.

The slogan of the book is, "Overused buzzwords, hackneyed phrases and other misuses of the English language." In the introduction, Dorfman explains quite humorously his opinion about cliches. "They are the hobgoblin of little minds. For many, they are the drug of choice. For most of us, once you begin to take notice, they are fingernails on a blackboard."

At the heart of Dorfman's protest of cliches is their triteness, their predictability and their overuse, complaints we can all agree on.

To illustrate his point, Dorfman unapologetically and fiestily inserts his snark after every cliche imaginable, killing the cliche's coolness, newness and logic with one swift, witty, tongue-and-cheek takedown.

"Time heals all wounds...Bulls***. Drugs heal all wounds. Time does nothing except go by," Dorfman writes. "She likes `em tall, dark and handsome...But short, pale, ugly, and obscenely rich pretty much trumps those emotions every time."

There are ten relentless chapters in this book, used to classify society's dreaded cliches into their proper categories. From "Life and Death" to "Food," cliches cannot escape the wrath of Dorfman.

"Too many cooks in the kitchen...The INS can fix that in no time," Dorfman says in his chapter on "Food" cliches.

In many cases, the snark not only kills but enlightens at the same time. Individually we have to reexamine the cliches we say but and even live by. "Another day another dollar...Your ass is grass...One size fits all..." It's 2012; the world is too complex for these tired, aged sayings to still be rationalizing our actions, decisions and acceptance of life altering situations.

Dorfman also shows a talent for mixing his cliches together, almost solely using cliches to write entire paragraphs, ramming home their overuse and far too broad meanings into the reader's mind. "The party's over. We have grabbed the bull by the horns and took the reins. Easy as pie, no?" he writes in his conclusion.

Ridding ourselves of cliches is not a radically new idea, but it is a lost one. As Dorfman includes in chapter one, the late writer and author William Safire once said, "Last but not least, avoid cliche's like the plague."

For the millions of aspiring writers out there in the world, think seriously about that advice before you write your next essay. And if you were expecting me to end this review with a cliche, well, that's pretty damn cliche don't you think?
  • Thordibandis
the review required me to write 20+ words so I repeat ...poor taste, poor taste, poor taste, poor taste !
  • Winotterin
This is a great example of quick, funny writing. Once again, Lawrence Dorfman has put together a hilarious commentary with his signature snark. If you want to read something that will truly make you happy, buy this book. In fact, buy a couple to give as gifts...they make great stocking stuffers!
I love the snark handbooks they crack me up every time I read them! They make great gifts if your friends don't steal them first!!!