9780486828732

A Word to the Wise Traditional Advice and Old Country Ways

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  • ISBN13:

    9780486828732

  • ISBN10:

    0486828735

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2019-04-17
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Summary

If you've ever wondered whether carrots improve your vision (they do) and why elephants have great memories, consult A Word to the Wise. You'll discover that it's never too late to learn from a proverb or an old wives' tale. This captivating book is a fascinating compilation of age-old expressions and customs, and its insights cover everything from health tips and kitchen tricks to gardening know-how and hints for predicting the weather.
Folklorist Ruth Binney explains the truth behind such traditions as polishing windows with newspaper and blowing out birthday candles in a single breath. She also discusses whether classic adages are still relevant or, like eating oysters only in "R" months, their truths have faded with the passage of time. This charmingly illustrated volume of enduring wisdom makes a splendid keepsake as well as a fine gift.

Author Biography

Ruth Binney has been studying nature for more than 50 years. She holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is a bestselling author, having published numerous books on gardening, the countryside, and country sayings and customs. Her Dover titles include Animal Lore and Legend and Plant Lore and Legend.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction........................................................................................ 6
Living Together................................................................................... 8
Better Housekeeping........................................................................ 32
The Gardener’s Friend...................................................................... 60
Kitchen Tips..................................................................................... 94
Health and Beauty.......................................................................... 126
Nanny Knows Best.......................................................................... 154
Signs of Nature............................................................................... 180
Index............................................................................................... 216

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