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Time Marches On, but not in vain

As another year has almost gone, great strides have been made at St. Clair Publications during 2018. Wonderful, previously established author Rev. Dr. Jacqueline DeBerry has been added to our group with publication of her two fascinating full-color children’s books, StarJumper and StarJumper Goes to the Moon, as well as more great titles by others like Barry Page Mercedes Benoit-Penney and poet, Merrilee Bordeaux. Michele Doucette has done a fabulous job as Content Manager and Editor-in-chief, and Kent Hesselbein has designed many delightful covers. Kathy Ann Barney has also been a big help in editing my new book. I have just completed my 9 year study and publication of idiomatic English and popular sayings entitled Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions consisting of the Original Volume first released in 2013, compiled from studies done and published in On the Origins of the Cliches and the Evolution of Idioms, (a humorous takeoff on Darwin meant as a joke) over the past years, plus a lot more; Volume II made up of a ‘Duke’s Mixture’ of sayings from the US, UK and Australia; now Volume III, with lots of proverbs and well over 1,300 new idioms; and finally the Index Book for All Volumes. These four works consist of over 4,000 entries and over 2,200 pages in small print. It is truly the most comprehensive encyclopedia of figurative English in print, a fact which I am glad to challenge. I just completed updates to my Amazon Author page at amazon.com/author/stanleystclair . I am certainly excited about our future at St. Clair Publications; Big Enough to Reach the World, Small Enough to Care about Everyone!

In a matter of days the Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches set will all be available!

About nine years ago I set out on an exciting journey which I had no idea would carry me this far. I began researching and recording cliches, idioms, proverbs and curious expressions used in the English speaking world, and the most likely time and way they were coined. After publishing two small humerus books titled On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms, a pun  takeoff on Darwin’s work, which sold many more copies that I expected, one of my cousins said, “You may have something there!” I could see I was barely scratching the surface, because so many more sayings were being brought to my attention daily, so my work continued. In 2013, I published a large volume I called “Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions“. I thought this would end it. But it was declared by Amazon a “Hot New Release” and began to take off, selling far more than the small books. It ended up in numerous public and University libraries across America and brought much acclaim from professionals like college professors, high school and elementary school teachers, pastors, newspaper reporters, librarians, authors, etc. It was even referenced in a thesis at Vanderbilt graduate school by a PHD applicant. Once again I could see my work was far from complete, and thus I released a second Volume, and now the third and truly final Volume is coming out, along with a 200 plus page index book tying together all three Volumes for rapid location to all 4,000 plus entries. The three volumes of entries without the Index Book total over 2,500 pages in small print. Revised editions of the first two are already out. Early in November the third Volume and Index will also be on Amazon. Anyone who wants to pre-order the new books, signed by me, may do so by emailing me at stan@stclair.net for details!

 

How many idioms start with ‘On’?

I haven’t been doing a lot of blog entries or even posts on the St. Clair Publications Facebook page lately because every available minute is being used to wrap up my 10 year project of collecting, researching and publishing popular English idioms and proverbs: things we say everyday and would like to know how long we’ve been saying these things and why. It has been a thrilling ride, and a very time consuming one. Right now I’m not only working on getting the final edits into Volume II of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, but simultaneously I am ‘getting out the kinks’ of the first three by eliminating duplicates and making an Index Book to tie the project all together. When this is complete, someone who owns  all three of the latest versions and the Index Book can look up any entry in the Index and go straight to it, without trying to guess which book it may be in. And there are almost 4.000 entries! It seems that multiple entries begin with almost every common word. I just finished with the Os in the Index, and there are 29 entries beginning with the word ‘On’. Here are some of them: On message,On one’s toes,On pins and needles, On shaky ground, On someone’s back, On someone’s dime, On someone’s doorstep, On the blink, On the button, On the edge of someone’s seat, On the flip side, On the fence, On the heals of, On the hot seat, On the off chance, On the lam, On the level, On the other hand, On the QT, On the rocks… You see what I mean.. and the list goes on. But if you only own the Original Volume (as thousands of folks do) you only have nine of them! That’s why it’s so important to own them all!. And a signed copy of Volume III can be pre-ordered right now by simply emailing me at stan@stclair.net, then sending a total of only $25 via PayPal to stanstclair46@yahoo.com . Don’t send a PayPal to stan@stclair.net! I won’t get it! It will be released soon!

This is the only detailed encyclopedia of origins of sayings in the world. Other books don’t go this deep, and a lot of online information is incorrect! Revised copies of the first two Volumes will soon also be out, then the Index!

 

 

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.

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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.