A Dictionary of Proverbs
OUP Oxford, Oct 23, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 400 pages
This unique and authoritative dictionary contains over 1,100 of the most widely used proverbs in English and uses research from the Oxford English Corpus, the world's largest language databank. This edition has been revised and fully updated and includes numerous entirely new entries. It also features expanded coverage of foreign language proverbs currently in use in English. With an emphasis on examples of usage, including the earliest written evidence of its use, this A-Z guide provides a thorough - and fascinating - history for every entry. Arranged in A-Z format and with a useful thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is ideal for browsing and perfectly suited for quick reference. Look up your old favourites, learn punchy new expressions to get your point across, and find the answer to that crossword clue. Seeing is believing: find proverbs relevant to every aspect of life in this entertaining and informative collection.
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Oxford dictionary of proverbsUser Review - Book Verdict
Speake, editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases and the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms, brings her experience to this new edition of a well-known classic reference. Updated and expanded (by 40 new proverbs) to include 1100 proverbs, which John Simpson defines in the introduction as "a traditional saying that offers advice or presents a moral in a short and pithy manner," this edition features a similar arrangement, with proverbs listed by their first significant word, and cross references listed from each subsequent significant word. The focus is on proverbs in common usage in Great Britain in the last 200 years, but proverbs that originated in other English-speaking regions, including the United States, are included if they are used in Britain or are prevalent in their region of origin. Each entry includes the full proverb followed by the first known usage in print in English and several other quotations up to the present. This resource does not provide as many entries as David Pickering's Cassell Dictionary of Proverbs (1997), but its entries are significantly longer. It is also comparable to the Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs & Sayings (1996) but the latter is less scholarly in tone. Bottom Line Though not a replacement for Oxford's A Dictionary of American Proverbs, this is an excellent addition to libraries that have use for proverbs dictionaries. Recommended.-Rosanne M. Cordell, Indiana Univ. Lib., South Bend ...
Review: A Dictionary of Proverbs (Oxford Paperback Reference)User Review - Vincent - Goodreads
So, maybe I read the cheesiest proverbs to Jessica, which did not endear this book to her. All in good fun. Some of these proverbs trace their roots back to biblical times or the middle ages, but most ... Read full review