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Dictionary of Proverbs: And Their Origins [Paperback]

L. Flavell , R.H. Flavell
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3 Nov 1994
The proverbs selected for this reference book, intended for anyone who delights in and studies words, all have a tale to tell. Etymologies go back to the earliest origins, though there are often conflicting accounts of how an expression came into being, and changes of meaning or usage are recorded: "Tread on a worm and it will turn" probably originated in the days when "worm" also meant "viper"; "Good wine needs no bush" is a reference to the lax interpretation of licensing laws common during 19th-century village fairs. The authors' other books include "Current English Usage" and "Dictionary of Idioms".

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; New edition edition (3 Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856261417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856261418
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,788,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Is a book in the hand worth it? 10 Feb 2010
I bought this book as I love proverbs and wondered about their background (also I know the people who wrote it!).

It is actually very interesting and gives good descriptions as to where proverbs have come from. I have not always found it very easy to find a specific proverb because of the layout of the index. However the index is good in the way that it driects you to different proverbs relating to the same topic.

An interesting book, which I am sure I will dip into occasionally. The only real criticism is that there are not enough proverbs explained!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting if You Love Proverbs... 18 Mar 2010
By Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
If you enjoy proverbs and wise sayings, you will enjoy this book. It provides you with background information concerning the origins of different proverbs that you have heard all your life. This book not only provides a history of the individual proverb, but it also provides the reader with an explanation for each of the proverbs contained. I enjoyed this book very much and even refer back to it at times for interesting facts to teach my students. The only negative thing that I have to say about it is that the font size is very small and thus harder to read, but it is worth the effort. I recommend it... Interesting read.

Dr. Bohdi Sanders, author of Wisdom of the Elders
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