When I began the long years I was to expend researching cliches, proverbs, and figures of speech I did not imagine that I would, indeed, eventually be viewed as an expert in this field. Granted, I did a most careful and deep study of this fascinating field. The more I delved into it, the more I realized just how much information had not been uncovered by others in printed books. I found that so many of our common catchphrases were misquotes, either phrased wrongly or accredited to an individual who was merely passing it down from others. Other expressions were misunderstood or incorrectly placed in time of their genesis. Another shortcoming of most phrase dictionaries is the fact that they attempt to identify the time of origin with no definitive specific early citations. This plunged me onward to a more precise understanding of the true origins of phrases and old sayings which are so utilized that we never think about how they got started.
My initial offering was On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms, which was published in September, 2011. Over the past year and a half, that volume often ranked number three on Amazon of ‘cliche origin books.’ Then in 2012 I released a second volume of this title with all new phrases. Still, my research took no vacation, for I was woefully short in identifying expressions which needed to be included.
Then only recently, after many months of additional research, i took the entries of both books, and more than doubled this amount, enlarging the physical size from 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches to 6 X 9, making the font smaller and the margins wider, and removing personal references and illustrations, and with my wife and eldest son’s edits, and my good friend and associate, Kent Hesselbein creating a masterpiece cover, came up with a 710 page tome that served to provide my ultimate in this genre. Though it would take a library to hold all of our English catchphrases, this one is as close as one could come in this size volume when considering the average length of entry.
What amazed me is that not only is this book taking off in sales, even the first book is still selling. The final product is titled, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. Own it today in paperback or Kindle.