The Secret language: the real meaning behind what people say

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Have you ever wondered what the ads in the real estate section really mean when they describe a property as having 'period detailing' or 'uninterrupted views' or 'huge potential'? Or what is really going on in your partner's head when they say We need to talk or Do whatever you want ? And what about when your boss encourages you to think outside the square or tells you that they value your input ? Cliches are so much a part of our everyday communications that we rarely stop to think about the meaning behind the tumble of words. John Croucher grabs these expressions by the throat, shakes them about a bit, and then squeezes out the truth. With chapters on real estate, motor vehicles, law and order, business, retail, medicine and relationships, this is the perfect book for dipping into when you're looking for the truth - or a good chuckle.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPymble, N.S.W.
PublisherABC Books
Number of pages175
ISBN (Print)9780733325533
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Cliches
  • English language--Terms and phrases


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