The perfect answer to the question 'what's been said about this?'
This fully revised and updated edition of an Oxford classic is a
truly unique reference book which brings together phrases,
proverbs, and quotations in a single thematic volume. Apt and
memorable sayings are arranged under a wide range of subjects,
giving explanations and origins of the expressions and tracing the
links between them. Oxford's unique language research highlights
sayings from languages around the world which have become popular
in English. Here you can find out about a Stepford wife under
Conformity or Banquo's ghost at Guilt, learn that when advising
Caution in India they say 'Call on God, but row away from the
rocks' while the English say 'Let sleeping dogs lie', and hear from
Brigitte Bardot on Maturity that 'It's sad to grow old--but nice to
ripen' and from Mussolini on Action that 'Inactivity is death'.
Over a thousand new items have been added to this edition, and new
themes include Colours, Neighbours, and Wisdom. A full keyword
index and generous cross referencing allow the book to function
both as a look-up resource and a browser's delight: the ideal book
for anyone fascinated by the words people use and reuse.