Some time back a gentleman reviewing my best-selling original volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions stated that he felt this book was only suitable for educated individuals, and “not for average guys like me.” I immediately rejected his thinking, but have since mulled over his reasoning. It is true that my top reviews have been posted by persons with college degrees, many of whom are educators, ministers, writers, reporters, etc. So I began to wonder if he may have been right. But later I found that persons of all backgrounds and educational levels enjoyed and appreciated the study I had made. The conclusion I reached was that those who enjoy reading these extensive tomes are people who are in search of truth, not those who are happy with cute stories and explanations they have heard passed down as to when and how an expression began. So, If you want to find out how our speech reached the way we see and say things today, I recommend that you purchase this entire set, compiled from over nine years of studying the changing jargon of the English we use in our everyday lives, not only in the US, but in Canada, the UK, Australia, India, South Africa and India–anywhere our language is spoken. The original volume is selling in at least seven countries, and thousands have found it useful. Start your collection today on Amazon, or order the entire set at a discount at http://stclairpublications.com .
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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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!