The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs

The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs

by Martin H. Manser
     
 

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"The English language is enhanced by thousands of proverbs that make observations, impart life lessons, or give advice. With more than 1,500 entries, this dictionary explains the meanings and origins of short, memorable sayings that are widely recognized today, such as art is long and life is short; conscience does make cowards of us all; gather ye rosebuds while ye…  See more details below

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"The English language is enhanced by thousands of proverbs that make observations, impart life lessons, or give advice. With more than 1,500 entries, this dictionary explains the meanings and origins of short, memorable sayings that are widely recognized today, such as art is long and life is short; conscience does make cowards of us all; gather ye rosebuds while ye may; Homer sometimes nods; and still waters run deep." "Featuring both traditional and contemporary proverbs, entries include: a definition of the proverb; examples of usage, either drawn from English literature and biblical passages or specially compiled for this book; the origin of first recorded occurrence of the expression; variants or alternative forms of the proverb; cross-references from variant entries and a list of proverbs expressing similar or opposite meanings." "This dictionary also offers an extensive keyword index, enabling readers to look up proverbs by a significant word, as well as a thematic index, which lists proverbs by topic." Engaging and informative, The Facts On File Dictionary of Proverbs is a valuable resource for students, readers, and writers alike.

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Library Journal
Proverbs, as distinct from aphorisms, epigrams, maxims, and slogans, are complete, standalone thoughts that figure largely in our conversation and our literature. Manser (Facts On File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases), who has published numerous scholarly books and articles on language and proverbs in particular, here includes 1500 brief entries, all found in written English from the earliest times to the present. Arranged alphabetically, each entry succinctly elucidates the meaning of a common proverb, including origin, variant forms, and examples of usage, e.g., "to err is human, to forgive divine" is derived from an early Latin text and appears in an essay by Alexander Pope in 1711, while the more familiar "boys seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses" is often attributed to Ogden Nash but actually originated with Dorothy Parker. With 15,000 entries, Wolfgang Mieder's magisterial A Dictionary of American Proverbs is a major (if somewhat older) resource. But while Manser's work is not exhaustive, it is an exceptional ready-reference source, comparing favorably with such classic collections as The Penguin Dictionary of Proverbs and various Oxford publications by virtue of its conciseness and engaging style. Recommended for all library collections.-Richard K. Burns, M.S.L.S., Hatboro, PA
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-A handy reference book containing more than 1500 pithy and familiar sayings from ancient times through to the present day. Each alphabetically arranged expression is printed in boldface and followed by a short explanation of its meaning, an example from literature or elsewhere, mention of its origin and variants, and the year it was first recorded, if known. Cross-references and proverbs with similar or different meanings are included when appropriate. Indexes by keyword and by theme complete the work. Informative and easy to use for assignments and for browsing, this is a fine example of the adage, "a book is like a garden carried in the pocket."-Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816066742
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Series:
Writer's Library
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
8.86(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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