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Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs
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Elizabeth Knowles
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Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Elizabeth Knowles


Oxford University Press

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Dictionaries of quotations;
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Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs features over 2,000 proverbs and sayings from around the world, arranged across 250 subjects - from 'Books' and 'Borrowing' to 'Dreams' and 'Drink'. Each theme has a short introduction giving an overview of the proverbial treatment of the topic and each proverb is accompanied by information on its date, source, and meaning. Not only is this book a pleasure to browse but it is ideal for quick reference with its comprehensive index that makes it easy to find the exact phrase you're looking for. Beautifully produced and designed, it is the perfect gift for anyone who loves language. Drawing on Oxford's ongoing dictionary research and language monitoring, the second edition of this delightful book adds phrases that have come to prominence, or increased in popularity, since publication of the first edition, such as 'Never waste a good crisis' and 'Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have', which add a contemporary flavour to the selection of more traditional English proverbs, and the popular sayings used in the English-speaking world from Asia, Africa, Middle East, and many other cultures. Find phrases on all aspects of life in this fascinating little book.

Edited by:   Elizabeth Knowles
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 154mm,  Width: 112mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   378g
ISBN:   9780198778370
ISBN 10:   0198778376
Pages:   512
Publication Date:   October 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active


Elizabeth Knowles, Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, is a historical lexicographer who worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Her other editorial credits include What They Didn't Say: a Book of Misquotations (2006) and How to Read a Word (2010). She contributed to The History of Oxford University Press, and is currently working on a study of quotations in the English language for Oxford University Press.

This is a delightful little book which at GBP9.99 is worth every penny and not only useful in a reference library but also on the shelves of anyone who writes and/or teaches. To conclude with the words of Lord John Russell - A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom ... It is arranged by theme - covering 250 subject headings and contains over 2,000 proverbs taken from many different countries and cultures. * Joan Williamson, Reference Reviews Vol.31.8 2017 *

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