She Literally Exploded: The Daily Telegraph Infuriating Phrasebook

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Constable, 2007 - English language - 135 pages
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What phrase enrages you most? "How are you spelling that?" perhaps, or, "issues around"?When the question came up in the Letters page of The Daily Telegraph, hundreds of readers nominated the ones they loathed,and thousands more were posted on line. Provoked beyond endurance, Christopher Howse and Richard Preston compiled She Literally Exploded, drawing on written and spoken insults to the intelligence from television, radio and the press. Infuriating and entertaining, this A-Z lexicon covers politicians' clichés, business jargon; shop assistants' rudenesses; publicservice padding; menu madness and idiotic innovations. She Literally Exploded is sharply illustrated by the Telegraph's award-winning cartoonist Matt.Includes: Blue-sky thinking. Species of daydreaming for which businesses are usually billed by the hour. Enjoy! An order issued by waiters or baristas [qv] after they have delivered yours.First invented by. The second inventor is deservedly less well known. Jus. Gravy. Pan-fried, instead of being fried in an old dustbin-lid. Serving suggestion. On the label of a prepared meal, a warning that the plate, tablecloth, and accompanying boar's head shown in the picture are not included in the small plastic container. You're a star. Excessive and therefore patronising term of thanks for the performance of a routine duty. See also: legend, hero.

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Richard Preston graduated summa cum laude from Pomona College in California and received a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. He began his career as a journalist writing for the New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler and Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal. He has also been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1985. One of Preston's earlier novels, "First Light," was a book on astronomy that won him the American Institute of Physics Award, and he has an asteroid the size of Mount Everest named after him. He also wrote "The Hot Zone," which is a true story about an outbreak of the Ebola virus near Washington, D.C. and inspired the movie Outbreak that starred Dustin Hoffman. "The Cobra Event" is a thriller about biological weapons and terrorism. He spent three years researching biological weapons and his sources included high-ranking government officials, and the scientists who invented and tested these weapons. The story tells of a medical doctor who works with the FBI to stop an act of bio-terrorism in New York City. Preston is now considered an expert in the areas of disease and biotechnology; and the FBI and President Clinton, in regards to disease and bio-warfare, have sought out his opinion. Preston has won several awards that include the McDermott Award in the Arts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Overseas Press Club of America's Whitman Basso Award for the best reporting in any medium on environmental issues for "The Hot Zone." His title Micro with Michael Crichton made the New York Times Best Seller list for 2011.

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