Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry: Despatches from the Hospice of Fading Words

By Ruth Wajnryb

Written with attraction and quaint wit, this research embarks on a voyage of discovery one of the phrases that when peppered the language of child boomers and their mom and dad to find why they appear to be slipping from universal use. Why is it that folks do not say cheerio any more? Why did they within the first position? Do humans nonetheless tinker with jalopies? And no matter what occurred to Tom, Dick, and Harry, let alone all these different people who supplied such first-class conversational shorthand? packed with pleasing vignettes and interesting etymology, this assortment is a hospice that gives a worrying shelter for once-loved phrases which are in impending probability of being brushed off as tom-foolery.

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233) See http://www. words. org. uk/bulletin_board/20/messages/776. html and http://www. worldwidewords. org/qa/qa-gon1. htm; see additionally Quinion, 2004. ‘A lifeless ringer skill . . . ’ (p. 233) See http://www. words. org. uk/meanings/dead%20ringer. html. ‘Consider the following “spill the beans” . . . ’ (p. 234) See http://www. random residence. com/wotd/index. pperl? date=20010223. ‘One lexicographer . . . ’ (p. 234) See http://www. randomhouse. com/wotd/index. pperl? date=20010223. ‘Perhaps those expressions are like rowboats . . . ’ (p. 237) I’m thankful to Mark Cherry for this idea. ‘My dictionary of clichés . . . ’ (p. 239) Rogers, 1985: sixty eight; see additionally, Kirk-patrick, 1996: 143. ‘à l. a. To Kill a Mocking chicken’ (p. 239) Lee, 1966. ‘According to Brady’s . . . ’ (p. 240) See http://www. irving. lib. tx. us/insights2002. html. ‘Damning used to be an act . . . ’ (p. 240) Montagu, 2001. ‘A dissenting voice the following will be . . . ’ (p. 242) See http://www. amazon. co. uk/English-Portrait-People-Jeremy-Paxm an/dp/0140267239; see additionally: Paxman, 1998. ‘A moment dissenting voice is . . . ’ (p. 242) Fox, 2004: 234–35. ‘But as many have stated . . . ’ (p. 244) Burridge, 2002. ‘It was once Mark Twain who steered . . . ’ (p. 249) Twain, 1883; see additionally http://www. twainquotes. com/Liberty. html. ‘The river in that chinese language proverb . . . ’ (p. 250) Proverbs are notoriously tricky to authenticate as they’re usually handed down via oral traditions. One resource attributed the subsequent to the Greek philosopher,Heraclitus, ‘No guy ever steps within the related river two times, for it’s no longer an analogous river and he’s now not an identical guy. ’ See http://www. usbr. gov/pmts/writing/doctech/quote. html. ‘A “harbinger” . . . ’ (p. 251) Quinion, 2006: ix. ‘An “aftermath” . . . ’ (p. 251) Quinion, 2006: ix. ‘Like an Entebbe rescue . . . ’ (p. 251) this is often an allusion to the rescue of airline passenger/hostages by means of the Israeli military in 1976. ‘This is what occurred with “recalcitrant” . . . ’ (p. 251) See, for instance, http://www. abc. internet. au/am/stories/s317154. htm. ‘Some kind of reference . . . ’ (p. 252) ‘Let’s away / to half the glories of this chuffed day’? the ultimate traces of Julius Caesar. ‘I am reminded of Humpty Dumpty’s myth . . . ’ (p. 252) ‘When i take advantage of a word,’ Humpty Dumpty acknowledged, in a slightly scornful tone, ‘it potential simply what i select it to mean—neither extra nor much less. ’ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , 1865; http://history. enotes. com/famous-quotes/when-i-use-a-word-humptydumpty-said-in-a-rather. References Aitkin, D. (2005). What used to be all of it For? The reshaping of Australia. Allen & Unwin: Sydney. Allan, okay. and Burridge, ok. (1991). Euphemism and Dysphemism: Language used as guard and weapon. Oxford college Press: long island. Arthur, J. M. (2003). The Default state: A lexical cartography of twentieth–century Australia. UNSW Press: Sydney. Ayto, J. (1999). twentieth Century phrases: the tale of the hot phrases in English during the last hundred years. Oxford collage Press: Oxford. Baker, Sidney J. (1976). The Australian Language: An exam of the English language and English speech as utilized in Australia, from convict days to the current, with distinctive connection with the expansion of indigenous idiom and its use through Australian writers.

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