New Reference Book: The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs

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Research & Instruction Librarian

November 6th, 2012

The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs  compiled by Charles Clay Doyle, Wolfgang Mider, and Fred R. Shapiro, Yale University Press, 2012.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 398 D77D

A volume of collected proverbs that originated in English 1900 to the present.  Proverbs are typically accompanied by origin, use examples and citations back to early usage.

Examples of proverbs:

  • Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it.
  • Just do it.
  • A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.
  • Nothing ain’t worth nothing, but it’s free.
  • Sisters before misters.

Helpful for: History, Humanities, Popular Culture, Creative Writing

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