It’s time to “let the cat out of the bag”

Last Saturday I told my readers that today I was going to make a major announcement concerning my popular phrase origin dictionary, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. Well, true to my word, I am now “spilling the beans.”

I have been so honored by the great comments that folks have posted on Amazon about this book, and the fact that my friend, Kelly, a local radio personality, has constantly used entries the book on his morning radio show, that I felt like I would make another effort to show my appreciation by updating future printings to include 75 plus new entries. Today I approved the new updated version with the printer, and it is now available.

Just to give a little glimpse into what is now in it, such old standards as ‘air one’s dirty laundry in public’, ‘blow the whistle on someone’, ‘cardinal sin’, ‘bite off more than one can chew’, ‘charity begins at home’, ‘cold feet’, ‘eat your heart out’, ‘a fly in the ointment’, ‘get above one’s raising’, ‘in the pink’, ‘kudos’, ‘pipe dream’, ‘scared the bejeebees out of me’, and lots more are now in the new paperback.

Also, I have added such modern expressions as ‘arm candy’, ‘blood in the water’, ‘déjà vu all over again’,  ’a grand jury will indict a ham sandwich’, ‘hang ten’, ‘not ready for prime time’, ‘not so much’, ‘raising eyebrows’, ‘Rocky Mountain High’,  ’self-fulfilling prophecy’, ‘train wreck’, ‘who died and made you God?’ and many more.

The amazing fact is that I was able to accomplish this by shortening only about three lengthy entries and reformatting the entire manuscript, thus only enlarging it by 4 pages and leaving the price the same. I also found a few out of alphabetical sequence a bit and corrected them. Additionally, I changed the cover from glossy finish to matte. So all of the ones with matte finish are the new ones! The inexpensive Kindle version is unchanged.

So what about those who own the previous version, you may ask, who want the updates? Gotcha covered! I will provide a printed copy of all the new entries via snail mail for only $5.00 including postage to all who request it sending check or money order to St. Clair Publications P.O. Box 726, McMinnville, TN 37111. Those wanting a PDF digital copy of the updates may receive it by email attachment by sending only $1 via PayPal to

All ordering from will immediately receive the new version. Those ordering from amazon also should, but there it may take a few days before all old copies in stock are sent out.

Happy reading!

2 thoughts on “It’s time to “let the cat out of the bag”

  1. I came to get your book last Saturday but the times had been printed incorrectly in the newspaper so I missed you. I tutor Japanese ladies in English and knew the book would be helpful. Is there anyway I could still get a signed copy?
    Kerry Mullican
    40 years teaching in Warren County

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