Delve into common English expressions at Linebaugh

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Linebaugh Public Library will play host to local author, Stan St. Clair, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday.

He will be selling and signing copies of his book “Most Comprehensive Origins of Clichés, Proverbs, and Figurative Expressions” that was published by Saint Clair Publications in 2013.

In what may just be the most detailed, accurate and comprehensive book of its type ever published, St. Clair, author of “On the Origin of the Clichés and Evolution of Idioms,” delves deep into the history of phrases and common English expressions, exposing numerous misconceptions and incorrect previously published origins.

By enlarging the page size, using smaller print, and removing the illustrations and humorous antidotes, St. Clair is able to include all of the entries in his two previous volumes and double the combined number in this remarkable work.

Many of our common catchphrases are actually misquotes, often even attributed wrongly. Did you know that “Me Tarzan, you Jane” was never used in any Tarzan book or movie? Are you aware of the fact that “Elementary, my dear Watson” never appeared in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels? Then from where did these quotes originate? Did you know that “umpteenth time” was in use almost 100 years before top printed sources claim? Did you know that “God willing and the Creeks don’t rise” originally had nothing to do with streams of water? Did you know that “How do you like them apples?” was not referring to the fruit, and that the date of its first appearance in print is often wrongly stated?

Unlike most phrase dictionaries, in many cases this work not only gives the definition and most likely origin, but early citations as well. With entries as ancient as “By the skin of my teeth” to as new as “Kicking the can down the road,” this comprehensive work is sure to appeal to seekers of truth everywhere.

Stanley J. St. Clair holds a degree from Covington College and Theological Seminary and is the co-founder of St. Clair Research located at

He is the author of numerous other books and has spent years probing historic subjects; most recently, phrase and expression definitions and origins. He is the owner of St. Clair Publications found online at, and writer of a blog at

His 2011 book, “On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms” was on the cutting edge of this field, and has been a top online seller in its genre.

The author will be available to meet visitors and sign copies of his book. He will be located near the main entrance of the library.

Linebaugh Public Library is located at 105 W. Vine St. in Murfreesboro. For more information, call 615-893-4131 or visit

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