By Marvin Rubinstein

ISBN-10: 0884003167

ISBN-13: 9780884003168

Content material: 1. American spoken the following -- English understood -- 2. Proverbs, slogans, and aphorisms -- three. renowned American expressions -- four. Proverbial commentaries -- five. Similes and metaphors indicating extremes -- 6. American slang and colloquialisms -- 7. British vs. American English (and vice versa) -- eight. around the globe English -- nine. overseas phrases and words often utilized in English -- 10. universal American criminal phrases -- eleven. universal American scientific phrases -- 12. company colloquialisms, slang and acronyms -- thirteen. Acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms -- 14. Acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms within the computing device, web and communications industries -- 15. From the place do you hail? -- sixteen. For the emblem minded

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In addition, many defy literal translation and depend on imagery and parallelism. Never judge a book by its cover, for example, has nothing to do with books and covers. It deals with the relationship between external appearance and internal realities, particularly with reference to human beings and their personalities. Another translation problem is that most proverbs are short. The proverb Brevity is the soul of wit is in no place more true than in the proverbs themselves. The shorter, the better.

Different strokes for different folks. Everyone to his own taste. (=) To each his own. : Fr. Chacun a son goût. } La. De gustibus non disputandum est. } Ja. Tade kuu mushimo sukizuki. } Difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer, The. LT. A whimsical concept frequently offered as a slogan by optimists or those confident of their abilities. Proverbs, Slogans, and Aphorisms 51 Discretion is the better part of valor. In being brave or heroic, one should be safe and act simply.

Do not use unnecessarily great force; do not overreact or overdo something. (=) Do not make a mountain out of a molehill; don’t indulge in overkill. Do not skate (walk; tread) on thin ice. Be careful; do not expose yourself to precarious situations. : Sp. Andar pisando huevos. } Do not (never) wash (air) your dirty linen in public. Do not tell 54 American English Compendium family secrets or discuss family disputes when strangers are present. Can also refer to insider groups such as clubs, corporations, political parties, etc.

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