The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs

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Yale University Press, May 22, 2012 - Reference - 416 pages
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"You can't unring a bell." "It takes a village to raise a child." "Life is just a bowl of cherries." We sometimes think of proverbs as expressions of ancient wisdom, but in fact new proverbs are constantly arising. This unique volume is devoted exclusively to English language proverbs that originated in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The most complete and accurate such collection ever compiled, The Yale Book of Modern Proverbs presents more than 1,400 individual proverbs gathered and researched with the help of electronic full-text databases not previously used for such a project.

Entries are organized alphabetically by key words, with information about the earliest datable appearance, origin, history, and meaning of each proverb. Mundane or sublime, serious or jocular, these memorable sayings represent virtually every aspect of the modern experience. Readers will find the book almost impossible to put down once opened; every page offers further proof of the immense vitality of proverbs and their colorful contributions to the oral traditions of today.

 

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With its focus on proverbs that originated since 1900, this rich collection of 1,400 sayings drawn from newspapers, songs, and films is the first to use recently digitized sources to provide more ... Read full review

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Charles Clay Doyle is associate professor of English and linguistics, University of Georgia, and president of the Western States Folklore Society. He lives in Athens, GA. Wolfgang Mieder is chair, Department of German and Russian, and professor of German and folklore, University of Vermont. He is the founding editor of Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship. He lives in Burlington, VT. Fred R. Shapiro is associate librarian and lecturer in legal research at Yale Law School. He is the author or editor of several previous books, including the The Yale Book of Quotations. He lives in Bethany, CT.

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