American Slogans & Phrases

Derived from politics and advertising, slogans and catchphrases permeate American culture. On January 7, 2009, at the Central Library, Jan Van Meter will discuss his new book Tippecanoe and Tyler Too: Famous Slogans and Catchphrases in American History. Explore this book and others that tell the stories behind the expressions we hear and say.

 Famous Slogans and Catchphrases in American History book jacket

Tippecanoe and Tyler Too: Famous Slogans and Catchphrases in American History
By Jan R. Van Meter
In individual entries on slogans and catchphrases from the early seventeenth to the late twentieth century, Jan Van Meter reveals that each one is a living, malleable entity that has profoundly shaped and continues to influence our public culture.

Common Phrases and Where They Come From
By Myron Korach in collaboration with John B. Mordock
Learn the fascinating stories behind such phrases as: Adam’s apple; armed to the teeth; barking up the wrong tree; bats in the belfry; buckle down; mad money; nick of time; stool pigeon; three sheets to the wind; and many more.

Loose Cannons & Red Herrings: A Book of Lost Metaphors
By Robert Claiborne
With the informal scholarship and good-humored wit that are his trademarks, Robert Claiborne reveals the wonders buried in our speech, vivid images of people and customs of the past.

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Encyclopedia of Presidential Campaigns, Slogans, Issues, and Platforms
By Robert North Roberts and Scott Hammond
Roberts and Hammond collect the many messages and discuss the speeches, buttons, television advertisements, and other means presidential hopefuls have used to get their election platforms across to--and memorized by--a huge voting public.

Verbis Non Factis: Words Meant to Influence Political Choices in the United States, 1800-1980
By Fay M. Blake and H. Morton Newman
This reference work contains over 1000 American political slogans listed in chronological order from 1800 to 1980.

Clichés: Over 1500 Phrases Explored and Explained
By Betty Kirkpatrick
Clichés: the bad guys of the English language, overused, abused, and sniffed at by school teachers? Or do they receive bad press? Are they actually an irreplaceable form of linguistic shorthand? Betty Kirkpatrick, an editor of Roget's Thesaurus, has exhaustively researched and compiled a list of our most common phrases, presented alphabetically. She provides the origin of each cliché, a humorous example of its use, and explores how a phrase becomes a cliché, when we use them, and why.

2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings & Expressions from White Elephants to a Song & Dance
By Charles Earle Funk
Dr. Funk, editor-in-chief of the Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary series, reveals the sometimes surprising, often amusing, and always fascinating roots of more than 2,000 vernacular words and expressions. From "kangaroo court" to "one-horse town," from "face the music" to "hocus-pocus," it's an entertaining linguistic journey.

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A Century of American Icons: 100 Products and Slogans from the 20th Century Consumer Culture
Edited by Mary Cross
In the 20th century, Americans were romanced by consumer culture, which in turn reflected the changing attitudes, priorities, and values of the country. This book compiles entries on 100 consumer products--ten per decade--that figured prominently in the rise of consumer culture in the United States, telling the story behind the century's most popular products, slogans, and symbols.

Powerlines: Words That Sell Brands, Grip Fans, and Sometimes Change History
By Steve Cone
This book from Steve Cone, marketing leader and author of Steal These Ideas, unlocks marketing's biggest mystery: how to conjure the words that make a product irresistible. Steve calls these exceptional slogans powerlines.

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