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  • n. Plural form of phrasemaker.


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  • And so they were phrasemakers and had a marvelous way of saying things.

    The Theme is Freedom: Religion, Politics, and the American Tradition

  • That is a thing of the past, so I don't want your phrasemakers cluttering up my story with words that simply don't apply anymore.


  • To paraphrase - and correct - one of your great, if misguided, phrasemakers, a certain Mr. Kwinter, what's bad for Canada is bad for Ontario, and bad for Toronto.

    What's Good for the West

  • Carlyle, who never sweeps out of the circle of sentiment -- whose eloquence is always indignation -- who thinks with his heart, has no words too scornful for phrasemakers and poets; forgetting that he, and we, and they, are _all_ little more than phrasemakers waiting for a doctrine!

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 5, July 29, 1850

  • The initial laws of social science are still to be discovered and accepted, yet we sneer at phrasemakers!

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 5, July 29, 1850

  • If Marx and Engels had been phrasemakers, if their spirit had not been made prudent, even scrupulous, by the daily and minute use and application of scientific methods, if the permanent contact with so many conspirators and visionaries had not given them a horror of every Utopia, opposing it indeed up to the point of pedantry, these formulas might pass for good-natured paradoxes, which criticism need not examine.

    Essays on the Materialistic Conception of History

  • With the start of what phrasemakers could call "War on the Word 'Terrorism,'" Napolitano's coinage of the compound euphemism

    Homeland Security Watch

  • So in a larger sense, Exxon’s superior performance comes from the kind of adroit and tough-minded management—the “leaning of Corporate America” in the phrasemakers’ dictionary—that is probably at the heart of the current binge of marking-up in value of corporations in the stock market.

    Economic Principals

  • His pretended interest in the linguistic fallout from such notable phrasemakers as Paula Jones, Susan Carpenter-McMillan, Ken Starr, Dick Armey, Trent Lott and their like, often filtered through the remarks of their friends, colleagues and commentators, is a transparent excuse to remind the reader of his Mr. Safire’s political obsessions.

    No Uncertain Terms


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