In this original Thesaurus, the author's definition of "metaphors" is usefully broad and covers a wide variety of figurative language. Offering explanations and derivations, the volume contains around 20,000 traditional English sayings - including metaphors, similes, proverbs, catch phrases, idioms and slang expressions. With scholarly analysis and commentary, the material presented is comprehensive, and includes much which cannot be found in any other printed source. All the expressions have achieved a common currency, even if confined to a locality, particular trade or social group.
Avoiding `literary' metaphors, the Thesaurus reflects folk wisdom as encapsulated in a living language, and from this perspective it will be of interest to all folklorists and cultural historians. The Thesaurus will also be an important resource for dialectologists and language enthusiasts.
`This is not only a very useful new work of reference; its contents can bring much pleasure to the user long after his/her immediate enquires have been satisfied.' - W.A.Walford
`The first attraction to this book is the author biography … Wilkinson is an enthusiast; and they usually make the best compilers of reference books. This is no exception: the book is clearly a labour of love … A quite marvellous mass of material is assembled here, which will both delight and fascinate any lover of words or of the use of the English language. I recommend it unreservedly.' - Reference Reviews