A Dictionary of American Proverbs

A Dictionary of American Proverbs

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Baker & Taylor
Contains over 15,000 proverbs used in the United States and Canada which have British, classical, Biblical, and European origins

Book News
Fifteen thousand proverbs and their variants (in actual use in American speech) are presented here gleaned from the 150,000 citation slips collected during 40 years of field research in the contiguous US and parts of Canada. Unique in that it is based on oral rather than written sources and identifies geographical distribution (where the proverb was collected), this monument of paremiology (proverb scholarship) will serve as a research tool for scholars of many disciplines. It is also great fun to read, and speech writers, teachers, and general readers will find some good ones to enliven their work. What can't be said is often whistled. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Oxford University Press
A Dictionary of American Proverbs is a treasury of more than 15,000 sayings, adages, and maxims commonly used in popular speech in the United States and Canada. As the first major collection of proverbs in the English language based on oral sources rather than written sources, it includes thousands of uniquely American proverbs that have never before been recorded as well as many thousands of traditional sayings that have found their way into American speech from classical, biblical, British, continental European, and American literature.
This unparalleled collection will delight the general reader as well as the specialist. Collected here are nuggets of popular wisdom on all aspects of American life: weather, agriculture, geography, travel, money, business, food, neighbors, friends, manners, government, politics, law, health, education, religion, music, song, and dance.
Field work on the Dictionary was conducted over thirty years under the direction of the Committee on Proverbial Sayings of the American Dialect Society and resulted in 15,000 records of proverbial texts which have been edited for this collection. The result is an invaluable reference for general readers and students, as well as cultural historians, folklorists, linguists, anthropologists, sociologists, and scholars of literature.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1992
ISBN: 9780195053999
Branch Call Number: 398.921 DIC
Characteristics: xviii, 710 p. ; 24 cm


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