The European Journal of Humour Research

Vol 8, No 3 (2020)

Book review: Hrisztova-Gotthardt, Hrisztalina; T. Litovkina, Anna; Barta, Péter; Vargha, Katalin (2018). Anti-proverbs today: a comparative linguistic analysis of five languages [A közmondásferdítések ma: Öt nyelv antiproverbiumainak nyelvészeti vizsgálata]. Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó.

Daniel Many


In the present book, the authors deal not only with traditional, well-known proverbs, but mostly with their modified versions, anti-proverbs. Anti-proverbs permeate all aspects of our lives and appear in a broad range of generic contexts. Although the alterations of proverbs are as old as proverbs themselves, their proliferation resulting from the rapid development of media is now faster than ever.



Mieder, W. (1993). Proverbs are Never out of Season: Popular Wisdom in the Modern Age. New York: Oxford University Press.