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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs
     

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

by John Simpson (Editor), Jennifer Speake (Editor)
 

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Proof of the principle, the more the merrier, this is an expanded edition of an ever-popular dictionary. Now reissued and updated, this invaluable work of reference provides the reader with over 1,000 of the best-known English proverbs from around the world. For this third edition the explanatory material has been expanded and new proverbs added including

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Proof of the principle, the more the merrier, this is an expanded edition of an ever-popular dictionary. Now reissued and updated, this invaluable work of reference provides the reader with over 1,000 of the best-known English proverbs from around the world. 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."

Key features of the third edition:


• Updated to include every major proverb in use in the twentieth century


• Quotations provide a fascinating history of each proverb


• Thematic index helps you find proverbs on subjects ranging from boasting to weddings

Editorial Reviews

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192800848
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/06/1999
Series:
Oxford Paperback Reference Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

About the Editors John Simpson is Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, and a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. He is the editor, with John Ayto, of the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang.

Jennifer Speake is a freelance writer. She is the editor of the Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases and is currently preparing a dictionary of idioms, to be published by OUP in 1999.

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