Revisiting old friends and making new ones

In my quest for factual knowledge about the etymology and early citations of proverbs and idiomatic expressions for my books, I have been greatly enriched by revisiting old friends and making new ones. It has seemed even more intense than preparing a theses for a post graduate degree. In the past several months of research into hundreds of fresh phrases and their meanings and beginnings, I have revisited giants of literature like William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Alexander Pope, John Rey, etc, and found new individuals whom I had never explored, who contributed much to the rich history of the world and to our ever-evolving English tongue. One of these is French Huguenot courtier and poet, Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas, whose powerful His Divine Weekes and Workes were translated into English by Josuah Sylvester in 1641, From this work.we get the first known citation of ‘loud and clear’ which we have been told came into use only during World War II.   Then there is the Duke of Buckingham, who coined the phrase, ‘to die in the last ditch’ in the 17th century (sometimes attributed to Thomas Jefferson)  leading to our common expression, ‘last ditch effort’. Then there’s Henry Cockton, who in The Life and Adventures of Valentine Vox, Ventriloquist, 1840., used the term ‘I wasn’t born yesterday’ which a major slang dictionary tells us wasn’t coined until the late 19th or early 20th century. And the list goes on.

But each of you may experience a portion of this wonder for yourselves by getting a copy of my first volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions at, or any Amazon site worldwide. After you have thoroughly read those 740 pages, before year’s end, I hope to have this second exciting volume out!  I hope you enjoy them half as much as I still am.

The New Year Brings Change

2016 is rushing by as swiftly as a gelid brook flowing down a majestic mountainside. I just completed tabulating authors’ royalty earnings for 2015 and am proud to say that our authors earned thousands of dollars in royalties over the past year. I believe in passing on the majority of the profit on each author’s work to him or her. As would be expected, those who promoted their fine work via their own websites and/or book signings, personal appearances, etc. and in most cases, those who offered their books in both paperback and Kindle e-book forms, benefited most. I want to say ‘thank you’ to each of them and to those who purchased our work.

In the meantime, I, like others of our group, am working feverishly on my upcoming work, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, Volume II. I have been so pleased with the success of the volume out there, still selling regularly, and with the people who have enjoyed it so much as to publish reviews on Amazon and those who have contacted me personally with additional expressions which they would like to see in the new one. It will be a great companion to the original book, and will work hand-in-hand with it to provide an even greater trove of information for everyone who speaks the English language and is curious as to the origins of our figures of speech. I am continuing to find errors in other works which I am doing my best to bring out in this exciting new book. Hopefully, it will be ready for release in the fall of 2016.