The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

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J. A. Simpson, Jennifer Speake
Oxford University Press, 1998 - Reference - 333 pages
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Now reissued and updated, this invaluable work of reference provides the reader with over 1,000 of the best-known English proverbs from around the world. For this third edition the explanatory material has been expanded and new proverbs added including Never say never, It takes one to knowone, The devil is in the details, and If you want something done, ask a busy person. Every major proverb in use in the twentieth century Quotations provide a fascinating history of each proverb Thematic index helps you find proverbs on subjects ranging from boasting to weddings 'brilliantly argued I recommend it without hesitation to all students of the English language and lovers of literature, as well as to pedants, crossword fanatics and those who like to prove people wrong in argument.' Auberon Waugh, Sunday Telegraph 'much pleasure, earthy or erudite, and sometimes both, lies here in store' Richard Holmes, The Times

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Speake, editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases and the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms, brings her experience to this new edition of a well-known classic reference. Updated and ... Read full review

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Not too many I didn't already know, which was disappointing. But good histories on those listed. Read full review

About the author (1998)


About the Editors John Simpson is Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, and a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. He is the editor, with John Ayto, of the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang.

Jennifer Speake is a freelance writer. She is the editor of the Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases and is currently preparing a dictionary of idioms, to be published by OUP in 1999.

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