By Don Currie, Una McGovern
Drawing its content material from a large choice of resources together with tv programmes, political speeches, motion pictures, literature, newspaper headlines, songs and ads, this is often the single dictionary of quotations to incorporate mini-biographies of authors, aiding to place the rates in context.
With a really foreign outlook, it's prepared alphabetically via writer and entirely listed by means of key-phrase, making it a useful reference for writers and lecturers, and an amazing present.
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The phrase may have started life as ‘sick as a pierrot’, an allusion to the sadfaced French Pierrot character of the 18th centur y, but similar phrases appear in literature as early as the 17th centur y. 21 To err is human; to blame it on the other party is politics. 1979 In the Washingtonian, Nov. 22 Labour isn’t working. 1979 Used by the Conservative Party in its general election campaign, referring to high unemployment under the then Labour Government. 23 On yer bike! 1981 Catchphrase derived from Norman Tebbit’s Conservative Party conference speech.
Thus it is found impossible to get up a game. 1766 Comment by visitor at the opening of the Grand Sluice, Boston, Lincolnshire, 15 Oct. Quoted in Jennifer Westwood Albion (1985), ch. 6,‘English Shires’. 1861 Editorial in The Field newspaper, illustrating the confusion before the codification of the rules of football and rugby. 23 Some hae meat and canna eat And some wad eat that want it ; But we hae meat and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit. 179 0 ‘The Selkirk Grace’, sometimes attributed to Robert Burns.
In NPR broadcast, 4 Jul. 64 He looks like a homeless man in a thousand dollar suit. 1994 On Senator Edward M Kennedy’s campaign for re-election at age 62. In the Washington Post, 1 Oct. blunderheaded, muttonheaded, knuckleheaded, chuckleheaded, puddingheaded, jobernowled washout of a cock-up. 65 If you are not the lead dog, the view never changes. 1991 Journalist speaking of the poll tax introduced by Margaret 66 The President is a walking dead man. He just doesn’t Thatcher. Quoted in The Economist, 3 Dec 1994.