Exploring English proverbs, idioms and sayings through the ages

Wednesday 9 September 2020


The Talk

We live in an age of scientific and technological enlightenment and yet what shapes the discourse of our daily lives is often not modern insight alone, but ancient wisdom.  Everyday English conversation is peppered with sayings from folklore and history that have been passed from one generation to the next, often without adaptation despite centuries of change.  In this talk we shall explore the linguistic origins of selected English proverbs, idioms and sayings, from the earliest proverb with its roots in Old English to those which can be traced back to Latin and Greek and British history through the ages.  All of the proverbs, idioms and sayings selected for this talk are in current use and we shall uncover some of their linguistic and cultural secrets together.

The Speaker

Dr Catherine Watts is an International Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Participant information

Talks start at 6.30pm and last for about one to one and a half hours.  Tea, coffee and cake will be available between 6pm and 6.30pm.  If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.

Please note that three different locations may be used for the evening talks, so please follow signs on arrival.  We have accessible locations for the talks; please let us know on booking if level access is useful.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person; £12 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers. Online booking via www.wealddown.co.uk/courses.   Book five places and get the sixth place free.

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