By Lois Kerschen
Proverbs supposedly include the knowledge of the typical folk?€”eternal truths to be handed down throughout the a while. they're brief, usually funny, expressions that train classes or provide sensible recommendation, and they're possibly the simplest symptoms of attitudes and ideology of any type of folklore. not just reflecting tradition, proverbs additionally perpetuate the cultural dictates of the prior, together with the fears, prejudices, and misconceptions in their predominately male authors. simply because they're generalizations, proverbs occasionally abate exact statement and research and stifle unique notion. Like many different traditions and cultural practices, proverbs frequently advertise deceptive stereotypes of girls. This reference ebook collects greater than 800 American proverbs approximately ladies and analyzes their significance.The quantity starts off with introductory chapters that discover the connection among proverbs and tradition and clone of ladies awarded in proverbs. The chapters that stick with are dedicated to specific different types, similar to better halves and 6~rriage, moms and daughters, girls as estate, and outdated girls and grandmothers. each one bankruptcy features a short introductory evaluate and a list of proverbs in relation to the subject. The proverbs have been collected via an intensive evaluate of magazine articles, proverb dictionaries, and different literature. as well as precise proverbs, the quantity comprises a few words, sayings, and proverbial comparisons. no longer integrated are expressions that comprise phrases like mom or daughter yet don't relatively describe girls or remark approximately them. The ebook then offers a concluding research of the way American proverbs painting girls, an alphabetical index of proverbs, and an intensive bibliography.
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Take a friend for what he does, a wife for what she has, and goods for what they are worth. (Illinois, Ohio) There are men who go to a gymnasium for exercise while their wives are sawing the wood. (Pacific Northwest) There is many a good wife that can't sing and dance well. (1866) Wives and Marriage 29 There is one good wife in the country, and every man thinks he hath her. (1866) They all know what to do with a bad wife but he who's got one. (1621; Utah) A true wife is her husband's better half.
A hellcat, a termagant] (Texas) She wants to be the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral. (Washington) A simple maiden in her flower is worth a hundred coats-of-arms. [virginity] A small sprinkling of the feminine gender, jest enough to take the cuss off, and no more. Smelt as sweet as a gal's breath. Stupidity in a woman is unfeminine. There are two kinds of women: those who take what you are and those who take what you have. (New Jersey, North Carolina) There is no mischief but a woman is at the heart of it.
1936; New York, South Carolina) Little girls have little wit. (American) Long thread, lazy girl. (Washington) Maids are drawn to pleasure as moths to the flame. Maids want nothing but husbands, and then they want everything. (1678; English) Man gets and forgets, woman gives and forgives. (New York, South Carolina) A man of straw is worth a woman of gold. (1866; French) A man thinks he knows, but a woman knows better. (1938) Men aren't worth the salt of a woman's tears. (Vermont) Men should be careful lest they cause women to weep, for God counts their tears.
American Proverbs About Women: A Reference Guide by Lois Kerschen