Review of Idiomantics by Philip Gooden and Peter Lewis
Posted: 04 January 2013 09:16 AM   [ Ignore ]
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It seems to cover Western languages and Guardian readers chip in afterwards. The book sounds interesting.

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Posted: 04 January 2013 09:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Sounds like just another idioms-around-the-world book; I’ve got a shelfful of them, and I’ve even written one.  There seems to be an endless appetite for them.  Which is fine, but I doubt this particular one is anything special.

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Posted: 05 January 2013 07:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks for your input. It does rather but who knows? Presumably your book covers all the idioms mentioned in the review if not the book itself in which case Idiomantics would be a complete waste of (shelf)space. The authors must have lifted them all from earlier books in the hope of a fast idiom buck.

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Posted: 05 January 2013 07:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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No, I’m sure it has its own selection—there is, after all, an endless supply—and is worth its shelf space.  I’m not putting down such books, just saying that (like romance novels and self-help books) whether there is one more or less of them in the world is not a matter on which much hangs.

[ Edited: 05 January 2013 07:48 AM by languagehat ]
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