Good news!

The first draft draft of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, Volume II is complete, and the manuscript has been sent to the editor. This process will take a couple of months, then a proof will be ordered. That will be carefully examined, and be ready for release by the predetermined  date of 1 October. This work has been just as carefully planned and researched as the first book, and has many cross references to the original, and other entries in this new one. The two volumes have been designed to compliment and  go ‘hand in hand’ with each other. Together they will be like an encyclopedia of phrase meanings and origins, the like of which has never been written before. This one takes a few new twists, though. It contains more national and local colloquialisms than the original. It has hundreds of British sayings and quite a few which are native only to Australia and New Zealand. And if you live in rural America, ‘we’ve got you covered’ there also. The cover is slightly altered and I will be posting a picture later. And I’ve added some cliche oxymorons!

In the meantime, check out the original on our website at or Amazzon sites worldwide. Whatever you do, get the first volume first. Come back to this blog soon for examples on some of  what to expect!

Another unsolicited 5 star rating

It gives me renewed resolve to press on in my effort to complete the second volume of my book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs, and Figurative Expressions by October 1 of his year when I notice things like I saw on Amazon this morning. There was another 5 star rating on the original volume by someone ‘I don’t know from Adam’s off ox’…(that one’s in the new book). Out of the 17 ratings which have been posted on, 15 are 5 stars. I also checked the current sales ranking among books and dictionaries. There are over 32,800,000 books on Amazon and this one stands currently at 203,527 after being out 3 years. That still puts it in the top 1 tenth of 1 percent of all books on Amazon. It ranks number 372 in all dictionaries on Amazon. Reading my reviews every once in a while makes me feel that researching the etymology of phrases in the English language and publishing those results is a great part of my life’s work and mission.

I have surpassed 900 new expressions in preparation for the coming second volume. I’m really looking forward to the birth of my next brain child in a few months! My deepest appreciation to all who have helped make this happen.

New Book Speeding Toward Completion

As progress speeds toward completion of the second volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Clichés, Proverbs, and Figurative Expressions, I want to emphasize the fact that everyone needs the first volume. They go together “like two peas in a pod,” a saying which has been with us in English since 1580, found in the original volume. This book has sold thousands of copies and is in several college libraries. It has been given accolades by librarians, professors, editors, authors, and others. It is available at and on Amazon sites worldwide.

Stan St Clair's photo.