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My over nine-year long project has come to an end and the result is an astounding encyclopedia of over 4.000 entries carefully researched for meaning, changes through the years, and origins. The original volume was selected to be included in public and college libraries across America, been used as a reference for a Doctorate Thesis at a major University, used to teach English as a second language and praised by professors, authors, editors, newspaper writers and many others. They have sold in at least 7 countries around the world. Now you can own your own set at a discount, or give it to someone interested in the history and progress of the English language.

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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!

 

 

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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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!

Thanks for viewing my blog! Best day ever!

A big thank you to patrons of our website and the readers of this blog! The St. Clair Publications site itself has had  202,600 hits since it was reformatted by our wonderful graphic artist, Kent Hesselbein, and the blog, put up later, has had well over 8,500 reads. Yesterday was the best day of all with 62 blog readers, and more already early this morning, thanks to the post about Michele Doucette!

More great posts are just around the corner. Wonderful books are in process of preparation for publication, and now, with the addition of 100 new ISBNs, we are ready to take off!

Stay tuned for more announcements, and go to our website at http://stclairpublications,com to shop our huge selection of individual paperbacks, sets, ebooks and gift certificates!

Congratulations to Michele Doucette!

As mentioned earlier, big changes are happening at St Clair Publications! In addition to new titles being added and 100 new ISBNs being ordered, Michele Doucette has been appointed as Content Manager and Editor in Chief! 

Michele holds a Master’s Degree in Literacy Education from Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax, Nova Scotia). A native of Truro, Nova Scotia (referred to as Cobequid during the time of the Acadian people), she has been living on the west coast of Newfoundland since 1985, and is in process of returning home to Nova Scotia. Previously employed as a Special Education teacher, she feels blessed to have worked with such Mighty Spirits. She is the author of a large variety of books, primarily related to mind, body and spirit, available from St. Clair Publications, Amazon and other retailers. Congrats to Michele on being appointed to this important position!

Michele Doucette

Why do so many celebrities change their names?

I have had the privilege of meeting a number of important people in my run at life. With several of them I have I have had personal dealings or connections. In 2015 I released a book titled 200 Celebrities Who Changed and How They Found Success. It was overshadowed by the popularity of my phrase origin books, but in its own way it was unique. If you haven’t seen it, and trivia interests you, you may want to get a copy of this book. Below is the Introduction: It’s available on Amazon.

There are numerous reasons why persons in the public eye change their names (or have it done for them). Many times it is simply because their birth names are too long, complex, ethnic, or would be difficult to pronounce or remember. Some have taken their mother’s maiden names, or the surname of a stepfather or first husband which was never dropped. But many others are much more complex. For instance, why did Rudolf Walter Wanderone, Jr. and James A. Moore, Jr. both take the names of fictional characters that they claimed were based on them and how did doing so change their lives forever?

At least 20 featured entertainers who took stage names were from Jewish immigrant families. Many were impoverished; some were abused; several were forced to work as young children to help pay family bills. Many were from broken homes, and some never knew their biological fathers, often being placed in foster care. One worked as a prostitute, one a bootlegger; another was a drug dealer. Several were jailed. One was expelled from school and many were dropouts. How did these broken individuals climb to the top of their professions? It took dogged determination and encouragement, and likely, a new name.

In this pictorial book of trivia, one unique feature is that I include popular actors, singers, dancers, authors, sports figures, magicians, entrepreneurs, broadcasters, models and others who longed to create a public persona which he or she felt was worthy of his or her audience, revealing the circumstances and reasons behind the changes and how they built the public perceptions which took them up the ladder of success. I have been very selective in order to provide a variety of intriguing personalities and stories of overcoming adversity.

Exciting New Novel Release – The Atlantean Identifier by Léopold Álvaro

Every once in awhile a new novel comes along that excites me. This is one of those! And it’s from a great new author, Canadian  Léopold Álvaro!

John is on a quest to find the truth about the discovery of North America. His lead is the lost treasure of the Knights Templar and the legendary Henry St. Clair voyage to Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1398. John soon discovers that his personal quest is interlocked with the past life revelations of his son. Their collective search triggers an investigation of world events, leading them deep down the rabbit hole; a search fraught with intrigue, synchronicity, danger and murder. In the end, the treasure of the Knights Templar is finally located, but unbeknownst to all, its reach has always been beyond worldly measure.

Get your copy today on Amazon!

They got it wrong!

This exciting second volume of phrase origins and meanings will be released on October 1, 2016. Be watching Amazon at that time!:

I promised to post some entries from my upcoming Second Volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. As I have repeatedly stated, many expressions have been wrongly credited in popular dictionaries and online sources. Here is one example which is in the new book:

Beats me^

This old idiom means “I have no idea.” In 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs is often credited for first using it in The Land That Time Forgot, Chapter 4:

“‘Flowering shrubs don’t thrive in the subterranean caverns from which geysers spring,’ suggested Bradley. Olson shook his head. ‘It beats me,’ he said.”

Again, wrong! It was in use figuratively as early as 1824 on page 57, in Douglas, A Tragedy, by John Home, Reduced to Scottish Rhyme, Chiefly the Broad Buchan Dialect:

 Norv. Weel, I am in a primonirie now— ‘Completely beats me how I’m to get through.’”

Full Cover Revealed: Most Comprehensive Origins Volume II

 

 

 

The new Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions Volume II will be out in just over 60 days!  The response for the original volume was far greater than I had ever imagined. Over the next few weeks I will be posting a few entries from this new one. It contains detailed definitions and origins of over 1,000 new phrases and sayings. If you haven’t yet purchased the first one, especially if you are a writer or public speaker, I think you will find it highly valuable. It is available at stclairpublications.com or Amazon sites worldwide.