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An Apple a Day: Old-Fashioned Proverbs --Timeless Words to Live By [NOOK Book]

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From Old Testament proverbs to modern phrases like "the best things in life are free," An Apple a Day takes a fun look at expressions that "have stood the test of time."
Read through from start to finish or search through the list of hundreds of the most common proverbs, arranged from A to Z for easy reference. You'll learn about each proverb's surprising origins, why some are valid and others are not, the ...
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An Apple a Day: Old-Fashioned Proverbs --Timeless Words to Live By

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Overview

From Old Testament proverbs to modern phrases like "the best things in life are free," An Apple a Day takes a fun look at expressions that "have stood the test of time."
Read through from start to finish or search through the list of hundreds of the most common proverbs, arranged from A to Z for easy reference. You'll learn about each proverb's surprising origins, why some are valid and others are not, the derivation and meanings behind them, and their relevance in today's society.
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Two heads are better than one: Like the less-familiar "Four eyes see better than two," this proverb extols the benefits of having someone else help you make up your mind-and it's a view that goes back to at least the fourteenth century. But while it is always useful to have a second opinion (A sounding board? Someone else to blame?) it might also be worth bearing in mind the disadvantages of design or decision-making by committee: something that really pleases no one. So whereas two heads may well be better than one, three could be a crowd. Laughter is the best medicine: This idea is an ancient one and is found in, appropriately, the book of Proverbs: "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." It has prompted a surprising amount of research, with the result that some scientists claim that laughter has the same benefits as a mild workout-it stretches muscles, sends more oxygen to the tissues, and generally makes you feel healthier. One study even claims that laughing heartily for 10-15 minutes burns 50 calories. But let's pause for thought here. The world may laugh with you over a joke or a rerun of Seinfeld, but if you make a habit of laughing heartily for 10-15 minutes for no apparent reason, the world is going to think you are nuts and cross the street to avoid you. It may be worth striving for a happy medium. An apple a day keeps the doctor away: A common British folk saying,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606522882
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,158,970
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Caroline Taggart is the author of the best-selling I Used to Know That and The Classics and coauthor of My Grammar and I . . . Or Should That Be Me? She is also the editor of Writer's Market UK & Ireland, a guide for aspiring writers. She has worked in publishing for more than thirty years, the last twenty in nonfiction.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

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    An Apple a Day by Caroline Taggart
    Release Date: March 3rd, 2011
    Publisher: Reader's Digest
    Page Count: 176
    Source: Received from FSB Media for review

    What Stephanie Thought: Ever wonder what classic proverbs, such as "out of sight, out of mind" mean and where they came from? They're petty little phrases that automatically come out of my mouth, but I've never really stopped to think what their literal definitions are.

    An Apple a Day not only defines these universally acknowledged words of wisdom, but also tells you how they came about, who uses them, when to use them, and their significance. There's no point in saying something you don't mean, and certainly no point in saying things you don't know what mean. We have begun to take the beautiful English language for granted because of how naturally it's thrown around, but this book helps reevaluate the importance of our sociable phrases and the history behind them.

    Stephanie Loves: "Out of sight, out of mind -- The idea that something is easily forgotten or dismissed as unimportant if it is not in our direct view." -- one of the proverbs that defines my life.

    Radical Rating: 9 hearts- One of my all-time favorites!

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