The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs (Writers Library)

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Traces the meaning and origins of more than 1,700 commonly known proverbs, presenting an alphabetized listing that includes recording dates, variant forms, and usage examples. Simultaneous.

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Martin H. Manser is a reference book editor and writer with an academic background in linguistics. His previous books include The Facts On File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases and The Quotable Bible for Facts On File/Checkmark Books. He lives in England.

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This attractive and useful resource book focuses on commonly used expressions in the English language and in English literature. There is no attempt to be culturally inclusive. Each entry is arranged alphabetically on a two-column page. The boldface proverb precedes a concisely written definition and factually documented origin of the saying. There's no rose without a thorn typifies the basic structure of each entry: namely, definition, example of use, origins, variant expressions, cross-references, and proverbs with similar or opposite meanings. Each entry varies in length according to available source material and popularity of expression.

The editorial consistency is rare and a credit to the skillful selection and editing techniques of Manser, who also compiled The Facts On File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases [RBB Ag 02], among other works. An index of key words and an index of themes complete this valuable addition to the Facts On File Library of Language and Literature, which is recommended for public and academic libraries. Libraries looking for a more comprehensive guide can turn to Wolfgang Mieder's A Dictionary of American Proverbs (Oxford, 1991), with approximately 15,000 entries, while those who want representation of other cultures should consider the Cassell Dictionary of Proverbs (1998) or Multicultural Dictionary of Proverbs (McFarland, 1997). RBB
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