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The Oxford dictionary of catchphrases
Farkas, Anna.
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Publication Information:
Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
ix, 357 pages ; 23 cm
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A catchphrase is a set of words that have come to be associated, over time and through repeated usage, with a particular individual or group, or maybe an event. From 'Can I do you now, sir?' and 'Thunderbirds are GO' to 'Eat my shorts!', 'Who loves ya, baby' and 'booyakasha!', thisentertaining book gives a history of a selection of our best-loved catchphrases, paying homage to the human nature of adopting a common bond through language.Includes coverage of both UK and American catchphrases, from a wide variety of mediaUp-to-the-minute catchphases, from Ali G's 'booyakasha!' to The Fast Show's 'I was very, very drunk'Entries are often backed up by citations of usage and give interesting information on their originsA Source Index enables readers to look up entries from one particular source, while a Source Information section gives a background description of shows, films, or books that are cited three or more times

Author Notes

Anna Farkas, an American citizen who has lived in the UK for over 10 years, is an experienced freelance writer and researcher. She researched and prepared the outline for the very first, 1998 edition, of The Hutchinson Almanac and worked as a contributor on The Hutchinson Guide to the World,The Hutchinson Encyclopedia, The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Modern Political Biography, and The Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography.

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Library Journal Review

The introduction to this delightful volume explains that the word catchphrase originally was less than complimentary but now means a phrase that has come to be identified with a particular individual, organization, product, or cultural entity. This rather strict-sounding definition belies the true nature of this book: fun, fun, fun! The book presents over 800 catchphrases in alphabetical order, with entries detailing who is credited with each phrase and how it became a catchphrase. Its comprehensive index allows readers to look them up by the source, while the appendix describes the sources in detail (including such favorites as Seinfeld, Star Trek, and Monty Python's Flying Circus). Readers are sure to miss some of their favorites, but the wide variety of sources (primarily British and American) will ensure that everyone will find something to cherish or recall fondly. While not an academic reference in any way, this is an enjoyable book, useful for parties and for answering those nagging questions. It is also a jumping-off place for further cultural or etymological research.-Manya Chylinski, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Contents Main dictionary, A-Z
Source Information
Source Index