|University of Essex, Department of Language & Linguistics|
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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."
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.