From Proverbs

Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

Jinan China, college campus

Jinan China, college campus (I’m not sure of his point)

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Sepia Saturday


This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is: Proverbs. Looking through Flickr Commons I found these three from Miami University’s collection. They’re Victorian ads, but beyond that there was no more information. Does anyone know anything about the A. Shuman store?




A search on Bing got me more gems:




seeing is believing


There’s a lot o good proverbs on this week’s Sepia Saturday post.

Word of the Week

paroemiographer paremiographer, n. [‘ A writer or collector of proverbs.’]
Pronunciation: Brit. /pəˌriːmɪˈɒɡrəfə/,  U.S. /pəˌrimiˈɑɡrəfər/
Forms:  18 paraemiographer,   18– paremiographer,   18– paroemiographer.
Etymology: <  paroemia n. + -ographer comb. form, probably after post-classical Latin paroemiographus writer or collector of proverbs (a1536 in Erasmus) or its etymon Hellenistic Greek παροιμιογράϕος. Compare French parémiographe (c1842). Compare slightly earlier paroemiography n.
A writer or collector of proverbs.
1823  I. D’Israeli Curiosities of Lit. 2nd Ser. I. 420 The royal paræmiographer classes among their [sc. the sages’] studies, that of ‘understanding a proverb and the interpretation’.
1824  I. D’Israeli Curiosities of Lit. 2nd Ser. (ed. 2) I. 439 England may boast of no inferior paræmiographers.
1832  W. Motherwell in  A. Henderson Sc. Prov. p. xiii, The first of our paræmiographers was Archbishop Beaton.
1889 Amer. Jrnl. Philol. 10 110 The notice..appears to be extracted from a work of the paroemiographer Demon.
1954  R. Strömberg  (title) Greek proverbs. A collection of proverbs and proverbial phrases which are not listed by the ancient and Byzantine paroemiographers.
2000 Trans. Amer. Philol. Assoc. 130 324 The closest parallel outside of Egypt is furnished by the paroemiographer Zenobius.
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