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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Penelope Eckert, Linguistic variation as social practice.
Author: William Labov
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Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Abstract: The first quotation on the back cover of this book begins, "This long-awaited volume demonstrates that Eckert is the sociolinguist." Some people have expressed the view that this is an unusually strong statement. Since I wrote it myself, I am faced with the clear choice in this review of defending it or apologizing for it.


This article appears IN Language in Society Vol. 31, Issue 2.

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