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Meanings and Origins of More Than 1,500 Popular Sayings

  • By: Martin H Manser

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ISBN: 9788130933689

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2017

Pages: 448

Size: 153 x 229 mm

Publisher: Facts On File Inc.

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


How often have you been instructed to strike when the iron is hot? Or advised that a good name is better than precious ointment? Or warned that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy? Where do such colourful expressions originate and how did they enter the English language?
Proverbs explains the meanings and origins of more than 1,500 traditional and contemporary sayings that make observations, give advice, or impart life lessons.

Alphabetically arranged, entries include:

  • A definition of the proverb
  • Examples of usage
  • The origin of the proverb
  • Variations and alternative forms
  • Proverbs expressing similar or opposite meaning

Two indexes enable readers to locate proverbs by keyword or theme. Exploring both arcane and widely recognized expressions, Proverbs is a valuable resource for students, writers, and language lovers. Seek, and ye shall find!

Main Features:

  • Proverb's defination
  • Examples of usage
  • Proverb's origin
  • Alternative forms and variations
  • Proverbs expressing similar or opposite meaning

Target Audience:

Students and General Readers


Preface to New Edition • Introduction • Entries A-Z • Boxes

African Proverbs • Arabian Proverbs • Biblical Proverbs • Chinese Proverbs • Dutch Proverbs • French Proverbs • German Proverbs • Greek Proverbs • Indian Proverbs • Irish Proverbs • Italian Proverbs • Japanese Proverbs • LIterary Proverbs • Russian Proverbs • Scandinavian Proverbs • Scottish Proverbs • South American Proverbs • Spanish Proverbs • Turkish Proverbs • Yiddish Proverbs

Index by Key Word • Index by Theme • Bibliography


About the Author:

Martin H. Manser is a reference book editor and writer with an academic background in linguistics. His previous books include the Zondervan Dictionary of Bible Themes, Wordsworth Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms, and Foreign Words and Phrases. He lives in England.


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