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Title: Review of Kingsbury, S. A., Kingsbury, M. E., and Mieder, W., 'Weather Wisdom: Proverbs, Superstitions and Signs', New York, Peter Lang, 1996, viii, 478pp., £33.00.
Contributor(s): Ryan, John S (author)
Publication Date: 1997
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Abstract: This fine and even sumptuous compilation of more than 4,400 largely proverbial weather sayings, mainly drawn from American and British sources and archival collections, is particularly a reflection of the habit of compiling such material in the latter parts of both the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. The senior author - who died in 1994 before the book's publication - and his colleagues, had already issued 'A Dictionary of American Proverbs' (1992) and 'A Dictionary of Wellerisms' (1994). The third author was also responsible in 1990 for 'International Proverb Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography', Supplement 1 (1800-1981) issued by Garland. Their Preface now categorises these weather dicta as usually expressing either "folk wisdom in a metaphorical fashion" or "superstitions without any rational or scientific basis" (p. vii), and also stresses their folk transmission, over a considerable period of time, "the collective wisdom of generations of people who have depended on knowing at least to some degree of certainty what the weather might bring" (p. ix).
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: Lore and Language, 15(1-2), p. 204-205
Publisher: National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT), University of Sheffield
Place of Publication: Sheffield, United Kingdom
ISSN: 0307-7144
Field of Research (FOR): 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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