Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

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This third edition of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs contains over 1,000 of the best-known English proverbs from around the world, and includes quotations that provide a fascinating history of each proverb. For example, did you know that "A trouble shared is a trouble halved" wasn't recorded before the twentieth century? Or that "A watched pot never boils" first appears as late as 1848? For this third edition the explanatory material has been expanded and new proverbs added including "Never say never,"...
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Overview

This third edition of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs contains over 1,000 of the best-known English proverbs from around the world, and includes quotations that provide a fascinating history of each proverb. For example, did you know that "A trouble shared is a trouble halved" wasn't recorded before the twentieth century? Or that "A watched pot never boils" first appears as late as 1848? For this third edition the explanatory material has been expanded and new proverbs added including "Never say never," "It takes one to know one," "The devil is in the details," and "If you want something done, ask a busy person." A thematic index helps you easily find proverbs on subjects ranging from boasting to weddings. Up-to-date and authoritative, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs is an invaluable resource for writers, students, phraseologists, and all word-lovers.

Focuses on proverbs known in the 20th century and thus provides a valuable resource for modern word-lovers and phraseologists.

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Reprint of the revision originally published in 1992 (first edition, 1982). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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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

For the Second Edition:

"The listing is aphabetical by key word, and the articles cite the various instances chronologically. Very well cross-referenced, and indexed topically." --Reference and Research Book News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192800848
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/6/1999
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editors:
John Simpson is Co-Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. Jennifer Speake is editor of many reference works, including A Dictionary of the Renaissance.

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