Friday, April 08, 2011 Posted by Dina N
Discover why proverbs have stood the test of time.
Proverbs - those colorful time-honored truths - have become part of our everyday language. But how often do we think about their origins or meanings?
This unique collection of words to live by reveals the source of these timeworn expressions, which are as relevant today as they were when first coined generations ago.
An Apple a Day provides the fun facts behind 200 proverbs, including...
- The darkest hour is before the dawn.
- You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
- In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
- The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
- When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
I've been a fan of Caroline Taggart's fantastic Reader's Digest books ever since I came across I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School two years ago. An Apple a Day: Old-Fashioned Proverbs - Timeless Words to Live By is her latest book that I received courtesy of FSB Associates. It's an excellent reference guide of popular proverbs and their origins in the English language. Ms. Taggart tackles proverbs with her customary sense of humor, educating and entertaining at the same time. I highly recommend her books - including An Apple a Day - to all lovers of the written word. This book would make a great addition to your reference library and an intelligent, much appreciated and useful gift.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.