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A thesaurus of traditional English metaphors /
P.R. Wilkinson.
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1993.
description
xii, 777 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0415075238
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imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1993.
isbn
0415075238
catalogue key
220512
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 774-777) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-09:
A good one-volume compendium of traditional English metaphors, better for British and Commonwealth than American English. Despite its bulk, it can barely scratch the surface; as the introduction acknowledges, one must use the OED or other sources to get the full picture on many a metaphor. Occasionally entries are simply wrong or misleading, as with "rainmaker," indexed under the heading "Religion--African" and defined only as an American term for an "exceptionally successful representative for a firm." The OED, by comparison, has a 32-line entry which illustrates that the term was first used in English in 1775 in a narrative about American Indians. Many other metaphors, especially those which have become clich'es like "on the qui vive" or "cordon sanitaire" (both in the "barracks, camp, etc." section), are easily found in any good dictionary. The book is most useful for British slang terms, such as to "go deolali" (from the military staging camp at Deolali, India, where people apparently went stir-crazy); but Eric Partridge has covered slang and unconventional English phrases extremely well in his many publications. Therefore, given this book's cost, it will be optional for all but the most acquisitive of university libraries or those wishing comprehensive coverage of the study of language. The keyword index, almost 300 pages long, is certainly useful, and the classified arrangement by topic (e.g., "farmland," "barns," "foals and colts") makes interesting reading and would certainly be useful to anyone seeking metaphorical language on particular topics. W. Miller; Florida Atlantic University
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In this original Thesaurus, the author's definition of "metaphors" is usefully broad and covers a wide variety of figurative language. Offering explanations and derivations, the volume contains around 20,000 traditional English sayings - including metaphors, similes, proverbs, catch phrases, idioms and slang expressions. With scholarly analysis and commentary, the material presented is comprehensive, and includes much which cannot be found in any other printed source. All the expressions have achieved a common currency, even if confined to a locality, particular trade or social group. Avoiding 'literary' metaphors, the Thesaurus reflects folk wisdom as encapsulated in a living language, and from this perspective it will be of interest to all folklorists and cultural historians. The Thesaurus will also be an important resource for dialectologists and language enthusiasts.
Main Description
In this original Thesaurus, the author's definition of "metaphors" is usefully broad and covers a wide variety of figurative language. Offering explanations and derivations, the volume contains around 20,000 traditional English sayings - including metaphors, similes, proverbs, catch phrases, idioms and slang expressions. With scholarly analysis and commentary, the material presented is comprehensive, and includes much which cannot be found in any other printed source. All the expressions have achieved a common currency, even if confined to a locality, particular trade or social group. Avoiding 'literary' metaphors, the Thesaurusreflects folk wisdom as encapsulated in a living language, and from this perspective it will be of interest to all folklorists and cultural historians. The Thesauruswill also be an important resource for dialectologists and language enthusiasts.

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