Weather Wisdom: Proverbs, Superstitions, and Signs

Front Cover
Stewart A. Kingsbury, Mildred E. Kingsbury, Wolfgang Mieder
Peter Lang, 1996 - Science - 478 pages
0 Reviews
This collection of 4.435 proverbs, superstitions, and signs concerning the weather is the most comprehensive survey ever put together for English and American weather wisdom. Included are figurative proverbs, predicative sayings, superstitions, and weather rules attached to particular dates. While they lack the scientific precision of modern meteorology, these proverbs contain the collective wisdom of generations of people who have depended on knowing at least to some degree of certainty what the weather might bring. The texts are based on oral and written sources, with each text and its variants being annotated by references to major collections of weather lore from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition to this comprehensive list of traditional meteorological sayings, the book also includes an introduction to the origin, history, dissemination, meaning, and value of these folk expressions. A bibliography for the large field of weather folklore and an index are provided to facilitate the use of this volume. Its content should be of interest to anybody interested in weather lore, both the general public and professional meteorologists.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


How to Use This Book
Proverbs Superstitions and Signs 15
List of Sources

Other editions - View all

About the author (1996)

Wolfgang Mieder is Professor of German and Folklore at the University of Vermont. He is an internationally recognized proverb scholar, the founding editor of Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship (since 1984), and the author of the two-volume International Bibliography of Paremiology and Phraseology (2009). His many books and articles deal with cultural, folkloristic, historical, literary, philological, and political topics. Among his books related to the present topic are The Politics of Proverbs: From Traditional Wisdom to Proverbial Stereotypes (1997), The Proverbial Abraham Lincoln (2000), «No Struggle, No Progress: Frederick Douglass and His Proverbial Rhetoric for Civil Rights (2001), «Call a Spade a Spade: From Classical Phrase to Racial Slur (2002), Proverbs: A Handbook (2004), «Proverbs Are the Best Policy: Folk Wisdom and American Politics (2005), and «Proverbs Speak Louder Than Words: Folk Wisdom in Art, Culture, Folklore, History, Literature, and Mass Media (2008).

Bibliographic information