Pre-order NOW! Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions Volume III

Volume III completes almost 10 years of extensive research into colloquial and figurative English. The series, Most Comprehensive Origins of Clichés, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions is on the cutting edge of research of both the origins and the continuing evolution of English sayings, idioms and expressions, delving back in time to determine the most probable way the expressions began, following their path through the changes of the ages, and noting current trends of changing connotations. It even recalls some phrases from the past which are now antiquated, while picking up on others which are so fresh that they have barely been introduced. Better than any other printed work available today, it expounds on each entry and gives detailed results on years of study of the English spoken and written jargon, not only in America, but in the U.K. and Australasia, as well as numerous foreign expressions commonly used by English speaking journalists, authors and the general public. These three volumes contain the largest work of its type in print today, and a separate index book will be released in 2019 tying them all together, giving fingertip access to almost 4,000 entries. It is truly a unique work, and will set a high bar for future work in this field.

The previous volumes have been included in libraries across America, and have received rave reviews from teachers, ministers, newspaper reporters and many others. The original volume has been accepted for a reference for a Doctorate Degree at a major university, to teach English as a second language, as well as a conversation piece while entertaining company.

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What goes into true research

I have been involved in doing research and publishing my results for the past thirty plus years. The purpose and goal of meaningful researchers is to find and publish new truth. I admire those who are able to accomplish this, and a lot of them are my friends.

About ten years ago I began researching origins and meanings meanings of English phrases and sayings because I found so much inaccurate information in both printed works and online. The results have been rewarding to me and obviously to thousands of others who have purchased my books in either paperback or Kindle e-book format. I have been fortunate to have some intelligent, educated people give me rave reviews.

90% of the ones posted on Amazon have been 5 stars on my most popular volume, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, original book. My work has been selected by several college and university libraries, as well as public and school libraries, and numerous authors and professors. It has been used to teach English as a second language and as a reference work for obtaining a doctorate degree at a leading University.

But there will still be some who ‘just don’t get it,’  and that’s okay. But when I am able to uncover information regarding a figurative expression which has not been previously published, I feel that I am still making headway in the education of others.

Of course I’m not perfect, and sometimes miss the mark a bit, but I truly try. Thousands of hours have been put into my work, and I have proven some popular sources to be wrong about the dates or coining of some popular phrases. I now have two different volumes of this book in print, and am well into the final Volume III, due out next spring. Once this book has been released, the set will contain over 3, 800 sayings. After that, I plan on doing an alphabetical order index book which will list all entries for the three volumes and where to find them. Just this morning I made a new discovery which may tell how a phrase went from literal to figurative. The possible original source, to my knowledge, has never before been linked in any other book of this type. Here is that entry. This will serve as a copyright on this information:

Playing for keeps

This is an idiom for doing something seriously rather than just for fun. It originated in the 19th century in the game of marbles, which is played by drawing a circle on the ground and each player placing a set number of marbles in the circle, then taking turns shooting another marble into the circle to try to knock out the opponent’s marbles. The term ‘playing for keeps’ was coined to mean that the marbles knocked out of the circle would become the property of the player who knocked them out. ‘Playing for fun’ meant that the original owner retained the marbles brought into play.  By the early 20th century, playing for keeps came to be applied to any matter which became serious. One of the very first figurative examples, newly discovered in the writing of this book, and possibly even the coining, came in Bourbon News, Paris, Kentucky, May 24, 1901, page 4, column 3, under the heading, ‘Playing for Keeps’:

“I know a whole lot of boys, some of them living in Massachusetts today, who are playing for keeps, but instead of marbles, they are using wheat or corn, or railroad stocks.”

 

Barbara Bush: Remembering the Conscience of America

Like with so many other celebrity passings, there were reports that ‘jumped the gun’ (see page 307, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions) and announced this story before it actually happened. However, last evening we heard the true crushing report that Barbara Bush had passed from this life to the other side.

She was an anomaly in a world of hate and confusion. She showed love and concern when many ignored it. She worked to raise over $100,000,000 for charities to improve the lives of others. She was unique in many ways. Who didn’t love and / or at least respect Barbara Bush; both liberals and conservatives and those in between? Even when she disagreed with her husband, she spoke her mind.

Yet her most beloved roles were those of wife (73 years in that capacity when most fail to succeed in marriage), mother and grandmother. She was also only the second woman in history to be the wife of one president and the mother of another.

So, regardless to which side of the political scramble you subscribe, please join me in remembering this family in your positive thought and or prayers. We have lost a truly great lady.

Barbara Bush, former first lady, dies at 92

Local Resident Wins Princeton’s Highest Undergrad Honor!

I am so blessed that one of the avid owners and readers of my Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions series, Newby Parton,  has been awarded the Moses Taylor Pryne Prize by Princeton University! Established in 1921, this honor from one of the nation’s most prestigious universities recognizes students for character, academic excellence and leadership. After graduation, Parton, who has also been given a full scholarship to obtain his Masters, plans on becoming a civil rights attorney and pursuing a Federal Judgeship. Accolades have come in from numerous prominent persons.

In addition, Newby has served as head opinion editor The Daily Princetonian, for which he won the John V. Fleming Writing Award in 2015!

Parton is the grandson of the late great Bobby Newby, highly acclaimed local coach and radio personality, and son of Denise Newby and Kevin Parton. The following works to get to the full story, but must be copied and pasted to your browser.

https://mediacentral.princeton.edu/media/Newby+Parton++2018+Moses+Taylor+Pyne+Prize+Winner/1_ownok8ze

Newly Revised eBook Now Avialable!

I would like to congratulate my Editor In Chief, Michele Doucette for doing an amazing job of professionally converting Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions Volume II, Kindle Version. This book is now up live on Amazon in a much improved status! Even if you presently own the original Kindle Version, please check out this book! It now has an alphabetical index and is well structured throughout, and for only $4.95.

The original Volume I, as professionally converted by by great friend and Graphic Artist, Kent Hesselbein is, of course, still available, and is selling well after all the time it has been out.

Both books are also available in paperback on numerous websites worldwide. If you don’t have either of them, please check them out today!

Who is dead, who is alive? Three famous American men were reported dead yesterday!

The earliest reported celebrity death yesterday, November 19, 2017, was actor, singer songwriter and former teen heartthrob, David Cassidy. It turned out to be a hoax.The 67 year old Cassidy remains in a Florida hospital suffering from multiple organ failure. Cassidy is best known for his role as a member of the Partridge Family on TV in the 1970s.

Then came news of Country Music legend, Mel Tillis‘ passing at age 85. Turns out this was true. Tillis, who was extremely popular  through the 1970s with hits like Who’s Julie, Coca-Cola Cowboy and Good Woman Blues died of natural causes. He also had an acting part in Cannonball Run (1981) which starred Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise and Farrah Fawcett.

About these true icons, I am very sad; but a third well-known American man died last night in Bakersfield hospital in California,cult leader and mass murderer Charles Manson, who was 83. I, for one of many, am glad that this un-remorseful criminal is no longer a burden on the California penal system. Perhaps this will bring some small closure to the families of his victims.

At least one scary drama will end well on Halloween

For the past few months I have been faced with two grossly different but equally scary situations. First my main computer hard drive crashed with some important files which had not been backed up. This proved to be a difficult recovery situation. Then I began having health issues, the origins of which also have been difficult to determine. In both cases original attempts proved futile.

After seeing three doctors, I am having my second procedure on Halloween to try to find out how to treat my tricky health problem.

The other issue, however, should be resolved that same day. The files were recovered through a nationally known, prominent recovery service, shipped out and scheduled to be delivered on Halloween. So, provided my health issues can be soon resolved I will be able to return to work on my third and final volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions and the needed changes in Gerald Sinclair and Rondo B B Me‘s epic tome The Enigmatic Sinclairs, original volume!

In the meantime, my two associates, Michele Doucette, Editor in Chief of St. Clair Publications and Graphic Artist, Kent Hesselbein continue to do a splendid job of putting out great new books! More about that soon!

Status of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions Volume III

I just received a comment from a dedicated reader and owner of my popular cliche origin books asking me if a third volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches (etc) is in the works. It is time for me to notify everyone of the status of this effort. A few months ago the hard drive of my primary work computer crashed! I had done eight months research on a third volume which was on this devise and not backed up. I took it to a local shop which informed me that they were unable to retrieve the files. Later a friend in Utah volunteered to examine the drive and determine if he could do the work. Again, no luck. He did, however, provide me with information on two shops who do this type of data retrieval which is very expensive and time-consuming. One is less expensive, but takes longer to get around to each new job because of high demand. I sent the drive there, and hope that they can accomplish retrieval. Whenever this is completed, I plan on continuing work on this research as time permits.

I truly appreciate the thousands who already own my popular books, and trust that you will be awaiting the last one in this series when it becomes available!

St. Clair Publications Salutes It’s Authors and Their Books!

To date, St. Clair Publications has published 106 paperback titles, the lion’s share of which are also available as e-books, mostly on Kindle, some on PDF through our website as http://stclairpunlications.com. This body of work may be attributed to a total of 44 authors, a few classics, and some previously published authors who felt that we were the best option for the next title. Most, however, were written and published by individuals who felt compelled to share their passion with the world. Authors, we salute you and appreciate you all! Our motto is “Small Enough to Listen to the Author, Large Enough to Reach the World”..

Numerous other titles are always in process of being written or in some phase of editing or publication. Our content manager, Michele Doucette, is currently in process of a major move, but will be thrilled to hear from you. Simply post a comment to this blog entry and I will have her contact you at her earliest convenience. In the meantime, visit our website or purchase any of our great selection of books of all genres at Amazon sites worldwide.

Groundhog deja vu

A popular 1993 Bill Murray movie titled Groundhog Day spawned a wave of use of the term to describe a day or time when something which had already happened seemed to play out over and over again. That story has now been made into a Broadway Musical. Another term, deja vu refers to an incident which to be seems strangely familiar, as if it had happened to one previously. Yogi Berra coined the term ‘Deja vu all over again,”  which is a comical redundancy scoring high in his list of ‘Yogi-isms“.

For the last several years I have researched and published books about the meanings and origins of common sayings, idioms and expressions which we hear on a regular basis in America, the U.K., and other English-speaking countries. The most popular of these is the original volume (now with revisions) of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. 

For the past several days when I have turned on the television newscasts, I have been hearing the same rhetoric about the North Korean threats and the responses by President Trump. I try hard not to get involved online with political matters, as I have friends on both sides of most issues. But I think that everyone agrees that this is not going to end well. In hearing the same things for days on end, it made me feel like coining a new expression, This all seems a bit like Groundhog Deja vu!

By the way, you can get my popular book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart, the St. Clair Publications site and many others! Happy reading. Read some different entries every day so it won’t be like Groundhog Deja vu!