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Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. Featuring sick parrots and the cliché crisis that affected the writing of Flaubert, Joyce and Eliot, and helped shape modern language and culture.
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  • 03-05-11

The Title Rings True- Fry hits the Right Notes 4

This section sounds like a dreadful idea for an ending, but is actually interesting. Cliches aren't just cringe-worthy, but are actually a way of using language efficiently. There are interviews with printers (where the term 'cliche' comes from) & also compilers of Dictionaries of Cliche (e.g. ?The Penguin Dictionary of Cliches?). This section also explores Tottenham's history with Parrot cliches as well as many other animal-related cliches that seem to plague but also enrich the English language.