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Hope you’re all safe and doing well during these stay at home times. First - last clichés: Chilling Out-- Calm down, take it easy. This dates to 1980. It alludes to being “cool,” i.e. laid back or clever. Chips are Down-- Either the situation is desperate or urgent,...

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Author Give Away during Corona Virus

    Hope you are all well and healthy. Prayers are with you. Last Clichés: Green Light -- This refers to permission to proceed, alluding to the green of traffic lights. Of course, this signifies to “go ahead,” which started in railroads in the 19th century....

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Book Reviews

What can reviews to do for you and how do you get people to write them? First, Last Clichés: On the Level (to be on) - Straightforward, honest, and sincere. This American colloquialism originated in the late 19th century. Might have come from Freemasonry -- the...

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Outline or no?

Outlining is not a must, but from what I read, it's considered the best way to do things. First let's do: Last Clichés: Nose out of Joint -- To be jealous or irritated, especially when one is supplanted or displaced by someone else. This term appeared in 1581 and has...

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Writing Slumps

Are you in a writing slump? What do you do to get out of it? First, last clichés: Clear as Mud - Obscure, murky, anything but clear.  This phrase is used ironically to indicate that something is unclear. It dates from the early 19th century. See R. H. Barham’s...

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Finally a new blog post!

Hi all, Back home from traveling and finally catching up to my own time zone. Then went to post and website needed upgrading. Took a long time, but it's finally up and running, after a few minor tweeks. But, first, Last Clichés: In a Heartbeat - Very quickly. This...

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On vacation

Hope your new year is going well. Haven’t been on for a while, so will explain below. But first,… Last Clichés: Bound and Determined--Firmly resolved. This is a redundant phrase because both participles mean “fixed” or “resolute.” However they do serve for emphasis....

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