Question by  Saint90 (8)

Is there a reference book where you can look up the origins of sayings?

Sort of like there's a thesaurus or atlas.


Answer by  singhstar (16)

There are many books that include the origins of thousands of sayings. Dictionary of Cliches: Meanings And Origins of Thousands of Terms and Expressions by Christine Ammer is a good example. It is an extensive reference source, written in a definition/list style, similar to what you find in a thesaurus or atlas.


Answer by  patti (29325)

There is no one, comprehensive reference book. There are several books that give a brief history of various sayings and figures of speech. You'll find them in the reference section of any large bookstore.

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