The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs
The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs
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Annotation: Lists the meaning and origin of more than 1,700 traditional and contemporary English proverbs.
Genre: Reference
Catalog Number: #3834998
Format: Library Binding
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Facts On File
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition Date: 2007
Pages: 499 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8160-6673-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-8160-6673-5
Dewey: 082
LCCN: 2006024535
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Subject Heading:
Proverbs, English.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
A good general compilation of proverbs indexed by theme and keyword has passed into a second edition without detriment. The author notes that he has added a number of "familiar, long-established proverbs," as well as a selection of "more modern proverbial sayings," and that existing entries have been updated to include modern variants. Also new to this edition are 20 boxes, scattered through the text, each containing about 20 proverbs from specific geographical areas, cultures, or languages, the purpose being "to provide a glimpse of other proverbial traditions"; these proverbs, apparently, are not indexed.
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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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 499) and indexes.
Reading Level: 8.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Praise for the previous edition:
...an exceptional ready-reference source...conciseness and engaging style...Recommended for all library collections.—Library Journal
A handy reference book...Informative and easy to use for assignments and for browsing...—School Library Journal
...[an] attractive and useful resource book...recommended for public and academic libraries.—Booklist
A proverb is a saying, usually short, that expresses a general truth about life. Proverbs give advice, make an observation, or present a lesson in a succinct and memorable way. We use proverbs or allude to them often in everyday speech. Some examples of proverbs include: Better safe than sorry; The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence; If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. The Facts On File Dictionary of Proverbs, Second Edition includes more than 1,700 English-language proverbs—200 of which are new—that are widely recognized today. Arranged alphabetically, entries provide the meaning of each proverb, the date it was first recorded, variant forms of the proverb, other proverbs that are similar and opposite to it in meaning, and examples of the proverb's use. This fascinating dictionary will provide readers and students with insight into this unique aspect of our language.
This second edition has been expanded to include more familiar, long-established proverbs (such as Call a spade a spade; It takes one to know one; and Worse things happen at sea) as well as a selection of more modern ones (such as You snooze, you lose and Men are from Mars, women are from Venus). Existing entries have been updated to include modern variants (such as The e-mail of the species is more deadly than the mail, instead of The female of the species is deadlier than the male and The geek shall inherit the earth, a variant of The meek shall inherit the earth). Additional, all-new features include boxes containing selected lists of proverbs from other languages and cultures.
Other proverbs covered include:
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Actions speak louder than words
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
Every man is his own worst enemy
It takes a village to raise a child
Pride goes before a fall
The leopard can't change its spots
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown
You never know a man until you live with him.

A proverb is a saying, usually short, that expresses a general truth about life. This work includes more than 1,700 English-language proverbs. Entries provide the meaning of each proverb, the date it was first recorded, variant forms of the proverb, other proverbs that are similar and opposite to it in meaning, and examples of the proverbs used.


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