Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

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This brand new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs expands its coverage to 1100 proverbs, with more detailed annotation and up-to-the-minute citations from around the English-speaking world. The text is completely accessible and comprehensive, with added paragraphs that provide illuminating examples of each proverb and its history.
New proverbs have been added, ranging from modern maxims such as "If life hands you lemons, make lemonade" to those with their roots in the...
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Overview


This brand new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs expands its coverage to 1100 proverbs, with more detailed annotation and up-to-the-minute citations from around the English-speaking world. The text is completely accessible and comprehensive, with added paragraphs that provide illuminating examples of each proverb and its history.
New proverbs have been added, ranging from modern maxims such as "If life hands you lemons, make lemonade" to those with their roots in the past, such as "Justice delayed is justice denied." A thematic index allows readers to easily find proverbs on subjects ranging from boasting to weddings. Presented in a thoroughly reader-friendly style yet maintaining the scholarly standards that have characterized earlier editions, this fourth edition is a valuable updating of a well-loved classic reference.
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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 Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198605249
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/8/2003
  • Edition description: New Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Speake is a freelance writer. She is the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases (1997) and of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (1999).

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