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This detailed 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 biggest language databank. This version has been revised and completely up to date and contains a number of totally new entries. It additionally beneficial properties increased insurance of international language proverbs at present in use in English. With an emphasis on examples of utilization, together with the earliest written proof of its use, this A-Z guide

provides an intensive - and interesting - background for each access. prepared in A-Z layout and with an invaluable thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is perfect for shopping and ideally fitted for speedy reference. search for your previous favourites, examine punchy new expressions to get your element throughout, and find

the resolution to that crossword clue. Seeing is believing: locate proverbs suitable to each element of lifestyles during this unique and informative assortment.

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By the eighteenth century, however, the popularity of the proverb had declined in the work of educated writers, who began to ridicule it as a vehicle for trite, conventional wisdom. In Richardson’s Clarissa Harlowe (1748), the hero, Robert Lovelace, is congratulated on his approaching marriage and advised to mend his foolish ways. ’ Swift, in the introduction to his Polite Conversation (1738), remarks: ‘The Reader must learn by all means to distinguish between Proverbs, and those polite Speeches which beautify Conversation: .

OXFORD PAPERBACK REFERENCE The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs Jennifer Speake is a freelance writer. She is the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases (1997) and of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (1999). The most authoritative and up-to-date reference books for both students and the general reader. ABC of Music Accounting Allusions Animal Behaviour Archaeology Architecture and Landscape Architecture Art and Artists Art Terms Arthurian Literature and Legend Astronomy Battles* Better Wordpower Bible Biology British History British Place-Names Buddhism Business and Management Card Games Catchphrases Century of New Words Chemistry Christian Art Christian Church Classical Literature Classical Myth and Religion Classical World Computing Contemporary World History Countries of the World Dance Dynasties of the World Earth Sciences Ecology Economics Education Encyclopaedia Engineering* English Etymology English Folklore English Grammar English Language English Literature English Surnames Environment and Conservation Euphemisms Everyday Grammar Family and Local History Finance and Banking First Names Food and Drink Food and Nutrition Foreign Words and Phrases Geography Humorous Quotations Idioms Internet Irish History Islam Kings and Queens of Britain Language Toolkit Law Law Enforcement Linguistics Literary Terms London Place-Names Mathematics Medical Medicinal Drugs Modern Design Modern Quotations Modern Slang Music Musical Terms Musical Works Nicknames Nursing Ologies and Isms Philosophy Phrase and Fable Physics Plant Sciences Plays Pocket Fowler’s Modern English Usage Political Quotations Politics Popes Proverbs Psychology Quotations Quotations by Subject Reverse Dictionary Rhymes Rhyming Slang Saints Science Scientific Quotations Scottish History Shakespeare Ships and the Sea Slang Sociology Space Exploration Statistics Superstitions Synonyms and Antonyms Weather Weights, Measures, and Units Word Histories World History World Mythology World Religions Zoology *forthcoming The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs Edited by JENNIFER SPEAKE Previously co-edited with JOHN SIMPSON Fifth Edition Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

HANSEN Sole Survivor xvi. 82 He was a superstitious man and believed that bad joss always struck in threes. 2002 Times 20 Mar. 22 They say bad things come in threes. I don’t know who the they are that say this, mind, or how they found out that that was how bad things came,.. but.. last weekend, they were spot on. misfortune; superstition There is no such thing as BAD weather, only the wrong clothes 1980 Washington Post 15 Feb. D1 ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes,’ said Peterson.

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