“More than 3,000 entries. Entertaining writing makes this easy-to-use dictionary a pleasant experience for students of language and folklore as well as general readers seeking elucidation of an unusual or sometimes familiar proverb encountered in reading or conversation. For school, public, and academic libraries.”—Booklist.
You "don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth"--but you do want to look inside these pages to find over 5,000 entertaining and thought-provoking proverbs from around the world. Each article sets out to pinpoint what the saying means, where it originated, when it first appeared, and its subsequent history. A source of delight to casual browsers and for writers searching for that perfect pithy epigram--even if it's as obscure as "A pet lamb makes a cross lamb!"
Baker & Taylor Presents a collection of five thousand proverbs from a variety of cultures throughout history.