(redirected from Sayings)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a figure of speech used for emotional and expressive evaluations. For example, the Russian saying nadoel kak gor’kaia red’ka, “gets to one like a bitter radish,” is an expression of vexation, the equivalent of “to get sick and tired of something.” In contrast to a proverb, which is a complete thought, a saying is always given only in part.


Mikhel’son, M. I. Metkie i khodiachie slova. St. Petersburg, 1894.
Mikhel’son, M. I. Russkaia mysl’ i rech’: Svoe i chuzhoe, vols. 1–2. [St. Petersburg, 1902–03]
Roehrich, L. Lexikon der sprichwörterlichen Redensarten, vols. 1–2. Frankfurt am Main, 1973.


Rybnikova, M. A. “Russkaia pogovorka.” In her book Izbr. trudy. Moscow, 1958.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
But Aladdin refused, saying, "I must build a palace fit for her," and took his leave.
He wishes me to break my faith with you and marry him, saying that you were beheaded by my father's command.
SOCRATES: And were we not saying just now that justice, temperance, and the like, were each of them a part of virtue?
for otherwise, I can only say, that every action done with a part of virtue is virtue; what else is the meaning of saying that every action done with justice is virtue?
What art thou saying, wicked man, to break my heart?
So saying, she threw her arms round the officer's neck; she looked up at him, supplicatingly, with a beautiful smile, and all in tears.
Bide thee awhile till I get me a staff." So saying, he threw aside the rose that he had been holding all this time, thrust his sword back into the scabbard, and, with a more hasty step than he had yet used, stepped to the roadside where grew the little clump of ground oaks Robin had spoken of.
"Nay, uncle," answered Will Gamwell, "overhaste never churned good butter, as the old saying hath it.
At daybreak let Idaeus go to the ships, and tell Agamemnon and Menelaus sons of Atreus the saying of Alexandrus through whom this quarrel has come about; and let him also be instant with them that they now cease fighting till we burn our dead; hereafter we will fight anew, till heaven decide between us and give victory to one or to the other."
"Son of Atreus," he said, "and princes of the Achaean host, Priam and the other noble Trojans have sent me to tell you the saying of Alexandrus through whom this quarrel has come about, if so be that you may find it acceptable.
"I remember, when we first knew her in Hertfordshire, how amazed we all were to find that she was a reputed beauty; and I particularly recollect your saying one night, after they had been dining at Netherfield, SHE a beauty!
That way we shall be saying there is no God- nothing!" shouted Nicholas, banging the table- very little to the point as it seemed to his listeners, but quite relevantly to the course of his own thoughts.