Dictionary of Authentic American Proverbs offers a comprehensive reference guide for distinctly American proverbs. Compiled by Wolfgang Mieder, a key figure in the field of proverb studies, this compendium features nearly 1,500 proverbs with American origins, spanning the 17th century to present day, including a scholarly introduction exploring the history of proverbs in America, the structure and variants of these proverbs, known authors and sources, and cultural values expressed in these proverbs. Along with a comprehensive bibliography of proverb collections and interpretive scholarship, this dictionary offers a glimpse into the history of American social and cultural attitudes through uniquely American language.
"This book presents a composite picture of the richness of proverbs as significant expressions of folk wisdom as is manifest from their appearance in art, culture, folklore, history, literature, and the mass media. The book draws attention to the fact that proverbs as metaphorical signs continue to play an important role in oral and written communication. Proverbs as so-called monumenta humana are omnipresent in all facets of life, and while they are neither sacrosanct nor saccharine, they usually offer much common sense or wisdom based on recurrent experiences and observations."--BOOK JACKET.
“A powerful and timely addition to the literature of rhetoric and folklore.” —Choice In 1860, Abraham Lincoln employed the proverb Right makes might—opposite of the more aggressive Might makes right—in his famed Cooper Union address. While Lincoln did not originate the proverb, his use of it in this critical speech indicates that the fourteenth century phrase had taken on new ethical and democratic connotations in the nineteenth century. In this collection, famed scholar of proverbs Wolfgang Mieder explores the multifaceted use and function of proverbs through the history of the United States, from their early beginnings up through their use by such modern-day politicians as Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. Building on previous publications and unpublished research, Mieder explores sociopolitical aspects of the American worldview as expressed through the use of proverbs in politics, women’s rights, and the civil rights movement—and by looking at the use of proverbial phrases, Mieder demonstrates how one traditional phrase can take on numerous expressive roles over time, and how they continue to play a key role in our contemporary moment.
This is the first annotated dictionary of Chicano proverbs to be published, and the first to use standard folklore methodology. It is the result of a study of Mexican American folklore and folklife in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, a major area of demographic and cultural concentration. Often called the wisdom of the folk, proverbs are perceived as traditional sayings with roots in oral folklore, and as such are considered useful as a way of making a potentially profound and culturally appropriate statement in a common but difficult human situation.
As a reference and learning tool to identify the base for the Russian and English languages, the Dictionary matches Russian proverbs with their equivalent and/or corresponding semiotic counterparts in English. Literal translations of the Russian proverbs are provided throughout and there are references and cross-references for proverbs dealing with the same or similar subject. The Russian proverbs are arranged alphabetically by first word and an English proverb index by key word is included for English readers. An introduction and an appendix on the structure of Russian proverbs situate them within the general study and history of paremiology. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Number Idioms: Hole in One! introduces more than 200 common phrases that contain numbers, phrases like one of a kind, two peas in a pod, sixes and sevens, cloud nine, and one in a million. Features. The book's dictionary format makes it easy to use. Features include: - Carefully researched definitions.- Parts-of-Speech labels.- Explanations of phrases and their origins.- Two example sentences for each idiom illustrating its use.- Examples of many idioms used in real news headlines.- Exercises and crossword puzzles.The book is also a great reference dictionary for English learners and native English speakers.Number Idioms. The earliest writing systems were created not for words but numbers, so human thought has been focused on counting since we began recording it. It;s not surprising, then, that we have numerous colorful idioms, proverbs, and expressions that use numbers, expressing thoughts and feelings in counting. In fact the word number itself can be found in any number of idioms. This books looks at a number of them, one by one, and a zillion others. For example, if you crunch numbers, are you stepping on them? If someone is running a one-man show, why do we say the person wears many hats?The Idioms. This book's phrases were selected through a careful search of idiom and phrasal verb dictionaries, standard dictionaries, and online sources, with emphasis on language that is common in English today.Definitions. To ensure accuracy, this book's definitions and explanations were written after thorough research using numerous sources, among them: - The Oxford English Dictionary.- MerriamWebster.com.- The American Heritage Dictionary.- The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms (Ammer).- Webster's New World Dictionary.- Collins Cobuild Dictionary.- MacmillanDictionary.com.- Cambridge Learner's Dictionary.- Various idiom and phrasal verb dictionaries.Examples. Two example sentences for each idiom illustrate how phrases are commonly used, as determined with research into examples offered in dictionaries and authentic uses found in word banks. In addition, examples of idioms appearing in real news headlines are scattered throughout the book.Idioms by Topic. Idioms make the English language colorful and give us different ways to say things. But for English learners, they're a pain in the neck (an idiom that means "a lot of trouble"), because there are so many to learn. But learning idioms by topic helps solve the problem, since students will more quickly understand and internalize languages, and more-easily remember it later.Targets in English has developed numerous books that teach idioms by topic, such as sports idioms, money idioms, and food idioms.