Who is on the plum tree?
Another great post from Shawn MacKenzie for Plum Tree Books. I would like to add to her extensive list of clichés the following: It is what it is, and what goes around comes around. I think they deserve to go into the little book of hackneyed phrases! What do you think?
Every Dog Will Have His Cliché
I am going to start with a little tale from the past. History is a passion of mine, particularly the history of words, writing, and books. In 1450 CE, goldsmith-turned-printer Johannes Gutenberg popularized moveable type, and books left the hallowed confines of scriptorium walls for the libraries and studies of anyone with ready cash and the ability to read. (Note: The Chinese and Koreans had moveable type as early as the 11th century, but, given the intricacies of their ideographic languages, a proliferation of books was not immediately forthcoming.)
As revolutionary as Gutenberg was, each word on each page still had to be set individually. Once an edition came off the presses, the type was knocked down and used for the next project. This was labor intensive, to say the least, particularly if a book became an unexpected bestseller and merited a second…
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