The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

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Baker & Taylor
A useful reference guide to proverbial language contains more than two thousand sayings currently in use, including one hundred new proverbs, and a new thematic index.

Book News
"The more the merrier" (1380) and "garbage in, garbage out" (1964) are among the 1000 English-language proverbs cited. The listing is alphabetical by key word, and the articles cite the various instances chronologically. Very well cross-referenced, and indexed topically. Enlarged from the 1982 first edition. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Lists recorded usages and meaning for hundreds of proverbs arranged by key word, from "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" to "Youth must be served"

Oxford University Press
What does "A rising tide lifts all the boats" mean? Where did the saying, "Garbage in, garbage out" come from? And when did "A watched pot never boils" first occur? The answers to these questions are among the many that can be found in the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, the only dictionary to record and describe the modern proverb.
This authoritative reference lists over 2,000 traditional sayings, weeding out ones that have fallen into disuse and including over 100 new proverbs--old sayings that have reappeared in recent times, and newly created ones--known in the twentieth century. Entries include illustrative quotations that show the context of a proverb's use, its history and origins (including Greek, Latin, and French antecedents), and an extensive cross-referencing system for easy access. The editors have added notes to clarify the meaning of a proverb or mention points of interest. They discuss, for example, the legal implications of "Every dog is allowed one bite," and pair contradictory proverbs such as "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" and "Out of sight, out of mind". New proverbs in this edition include "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," "Different strokes for different folks," and "Less is more," among many others.
An entertaining and informative guide to the sayings that have consistently added spice to the English language, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs is an indispensable source for all language lovers.

Praise for the First Edition:
"Scholarly, meticulous, and authoritative"--The Washington Post Book World. "A rich and absorbing collection....Simpson's introduction is succinct and helpful...[and his] system of cross-referencing is exemplary"--The Times Literary Supplement [London].

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780198661771
0198661770
Characteristics: xiii, 316 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Speake, Jennifer
Simpson, J. A.
Alternative Title: Oxford dictionary of proverbs

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