By John Simpson, Jennifer Speake
This precise and authoritative dictionary comprises over 1,100 of the main established proverbs in English and makes use of learn from the Oxford English Corpus, the world's greatest language databank. This variation has been revised and completely up-to-date and comprises various completely new entries. It additionally good points increased assurance of international language proverbs at the moment in use in English. With an emphasis on examples of utilization, together with the earliest written facts of its use, this A-Z guide
provides a radical - and interesting - historical past for each access. prepared in A-Z structure and with an invaluable thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is perfect for looking and ideally fitted for speedy reference. lookup your previous favourites, examine punchy new expressions to get your element throughout, and find
the solution to that crossword clue. Seeing is believing: locate proverbs correct to each element of lifestyles during this wonderful and informative assortment.
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Extra info for A Dictionary of Proverbs
Perry Religious Pieces (EETS) 88 When Adam dalfe [dug] and Eue spane.. Whare was than the pride of man? 1381 in Brown & Robbins Index Middle English Verse (1943) 628 Whan adam delffid and eve span, Who was than a gentilman? 1562 J. PILKINGTON Aggeus & Abdias I. ii. When Adam dalve, and Eve span, Who was than a gentle man? Up start the carle, and gathered good, And thereof came the gentle blood. 1979 C. E. SCHORSKE Fin-de-Siède Vienna vi. When Adam delved and Eve span Who was then the gentleman?
Surprisingly, A trouble shared is a trouble halved is not recorded before the twentieth century, and A change is as good as a rest apparently dates only from the last decade of the nineteenth; the popular saying A watched pot never boils first occurs as late as 1848. The computer world has recently given us a potential classic, Garbage in, garbage out, and economics has supplied us with There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Proverbs continue—as the early collectors never tired of stating—to provide the sauce to relish the meat of ordinary speech.
1738 SWIFT Polite Conversation i. 85 All Things have an End, and a Pudden [a kind of sausage] has two. 1857 H. H. RILEY Puddleford Papers xxiii. All things must have an end, and the grand caravan, in time, came to its end. 1924 ‘D. VANE’ Scar xxv. All good things come to an end. The feast was over. 2002 Washington Times 17 Mar. C12 For more than a decade, Roy Kramer reigned as the most powerful figure in college athletics—not just in the Southeastern Conference but arguably the entire nation. But all good things must come to an end, and that end is now.