Dictionary of Proverbs and Their Origins, Paperback / softback Book

Dictionary of Proverbs and Their Origins Paperback / softback


Did you know that if the cap fits refers to the traditional jester's cap with bells on it so anyone wearing such a cap could be expected to do something foolish? Or that the ancient Greeks believed that it was camels rather than elephants that never forgot?

The Spanish writer Cervantes defined a proverb as a short sentence drawn from long experience and Linda and Roger Flavell trace the origins of over 400 of these invaluable pieces of wisdom.

The entries are interspersed with mini-essays on such diverse subjects as The Proverbial Cynic and When there's a R in the Month.

The result is essential reading for anyone who delights in words.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
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  • Category: Usage & grammar guides
  • ISBN: 9780857834034



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