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НазваThe Proverbs Are Children Of Experience. (реферат)
РозділІноземна мова, реферати англійською, німецькою
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Tatiana Yevich


English 101


Research Paper




Rick Pederson



The Proverbs Are Children Of



It would appear that nothing could be easier than writing down the

definition of a proverb. Where did a proverb come from? Where can it be

used? Proverbs are widely used in the society on the regular basis. Some

scholars and popular writers have claimed repeatedly that proverbial

language has passed from usage; however it remains an easily proven fact

that proverbs are not “passe?” and definitely not dead. This form of

language helps to express our thoughts more exactly and vividly.

Proverbs contain wisdom, humor, and usually fit many purports.


The Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs defines a proverb as a

sentence that has been developed orally and is still used by the people

of a region. It has usually come about from experience, and it is a

statement that teaches learning within an experience. The World Book

Encyclopedia gives a different explanation of the word: Proverb is a

brief saying that presents a truth of some bit of useful wisdom. It is

usually based on common sense or practical experience. The effect of a

proverb is to make the wisdom it tells seem to be self-evident. The same

proverb often occurs among several different peoples, True proverbs are

sayings that have been passed from generation to generation, primarily

by word of mouth. They may also have been put into written form. The

Book of Proverbs In the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, is the most

notable collection of such sayings. They include:


Hope deferred makes the heart sick.


A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.


A soft answer turneth away wrath.


Pride goeth before destriction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.


In ancient Israel, children were educated primarily at home,

and proverbs were used to teach them to become successful and

responsible adults. Proverbs have not lost their well-established

popularity, and they continue to be ever present, even in a modern

technological society like that of the United States of America. This

has recently been made abundantly clear by the thousands of proverbs

registered in A Dictionary of American Proverbs ( New York: Oxford

University Press, 1992) edited by S.A. Kingsbury, K.B. Harder.


Early to bed, and early to rise, make a man healthy, wealthy and wise.


This is an old proverb well known in many countries that has not passed

from its usage. Proverbs both old and new, continue to serve us well as

concise statements of apparent truths. In everyday life proverbs name

social situations, that is, they are used to communicate our general

human concerns in traditional language. By employing proverbs in our

speech we wish to strengthen argument, express certain generalizations,

influence or manipulate other people, rationalize our own shortcomings,

question certain behavior patterns, satirize social ills, and poke fun

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