Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (Oxford Paperback Reference)

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (Oxford Paperback Reference)

by Jennifer Speake (Editor), John Simpson (Editor)


Now reissued and updated, this reference provides the reader with over 1000 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 know one", "The devil is in the details", and "If you want something done, ask a busy person". In addition to a history of each proverb, the thematic index helps you find proverbs on subjects ranging from boasting to weddings


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Edition: 3
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
Published: 01 Mar 1999

ISBN 10: 0192800841
ISBN 13: 9780192800848

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brilliantly arranged ... 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
Author Bio

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.