Russian-English Dictionary of Proverbs and Sayings


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About the Book

This dictionary contains 2,375 Russian sayings and proverbs and their English counterparts. Variants of each saying are included, and careful attention is given to the differences in British and American versions. For example, the Russian saying that is interpreted as “Children behave in a childish way, and they cannot be expected to act like grown-up people,” is first given in Russian (in the Cyrillic alphabet) and then in English, and is then followed by the nearest English-language equivalent sayings in Britain and the United States: “Young colts will canter” (British) and “Boys will be boys” (American).
The proverbs and sayings are arranged alphabetically by the first Russian word (in the Cyrillic alphabet) and are cross-referenced so the reader can find analogous Russian versions of English sayings. There is a keyword index for each language (one in English, one in Russian in the Cyrillic alphabet), which allows the reader to find a proverb or a saying without knowing the first word. Proverbs and sayings are current and include those popular in both spoken Russian and literature. The prefatory matter is in both English and Russian, for readers who have a command of either language.

About the Author(s)

Alexander Margulis lives in Needham, Massachusetts.
Asya Kholodnaya retired from Chernovtsy State University in Ukraine where she specialized in English phraseology. She lives in Brighton, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Alexander Margulis and Asya Kholodnaya
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 495
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 [2000]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3748-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0957-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Bibliography 1
To the Reader 5
The Structure of the Dictionary 9

The Dictionary 16

Russian Proverb and Saying Key Word Index 249
English Proverb and Saying Key Word Index 325

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Recommended”—Library Journal
  • “Very valuable…will be an important reference for many years to come”—Choice
  • “Impressive…fascinating, entertaining and erudite”—Reference Reviews
  • “Of enormous value…offers an amazing total of 2,375 Russian proverbs and sayings”—ARBA
  • “Useful…a pleasure to use”—Proverbium