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PROVERB

EYES LIKE TWO BURNT HOLES IN A BLANKET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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BUTTERFLIES:

THE LORD HAD CLIPPED PIECES FROM EVERYTHING. THESE CLIPPINGS WERE
CALLED FLUTTER-BYS BY WHITE FOLKS. THESE FLUTTER-BYS GOT OVER TO OUR
PART OF THE WORLD AND WELL, YOU KNOW HOW US BLACK FOLKS ARE; WE
GOTTA' SAY THINGS OUR WAY OR DIE TRYING; SO WHEN WE LOOKED UP AND
SAW THESE THINGS COME FLOATING BY, WE HEARD WHITE FOLKS CALL 'EM
FLUTTER-BYS" AND WE FELL OUT LAUGHING. "FLUTTER-BYS! WHITE FOLKS PUT
THEIR TONGUES THROUGH ALL KINDS OF CHANGES TRYING TO TALK. FLUTTER-
BYS, NOW WHO COULD SAY THAT?" SO WE TURNED THAT THING AROUND AND
CALLED THEM BUTTERFLIES. THAT SOUNDED A WHOLE LOT BETTER; IT WAS
EASY ON THE TONGUE AND EASY ON THE EAR, AND THAT'S THE WAY THE WORDS
WERE 'SPOSED TO BE. BUTTERFLIES!

Submitter comment: THIS IS A VARIANT OF FLUTTER-BYS WHICH IS SEQENCE NUMBER 731772 - 2
IN MY COLLECTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
BELIEF -- Legend
SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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WE LEARNED A LITTLE SALISH INDIAN. FOR EXAMPLE, "EEK-SPOSH-
EEMEENUM LU-WEL SHEL-WEL SHEKEL ALAZHUKLI" TRANSLATED TO: WE
ADORE THEE, O CHRIST, AND WE BLESS THEE, FOR BY THY HOLY CROSS
THOU HAST REDEEMED THE WORLD. AND "TA" MEANT NO.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THE LANGUAGE TOTALLY BY EAR, UNWRITTEN,
SHE WAS LIVING ON THE FLATEAD RESERVATION IN WESTERN MONTANA.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words
SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-05-1976

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THE POOR OLD SLAVE

THE POOR OLD SLAVE HAS GONE TO REST
HE KNOWS THAT HE IS FREE
HIS BONES THEY LIE DISTURBED AND NIGH
WAY DOWN IN TENNESSEE
THE PEE OR OLE SLEE AVE HAS GEE AWN TO REE EST
HE KNEE OWES THAT HE O IS FREE O FREE FREE
HIS BEE OWNS THEY LEE I DEE STEER RUBBED AND NEEI
WAY DEE OWN IN TE N O SE O SE SE MM
THE PIG-ITTY POOR OLE SLIG-ITTY SLAVE HAS GIG-ITTY GONE TO
RIG-ITTY REST
HE NIG-ITTY KNOWS THAT HIG-ITTY O IS FRIG-ITTY O FREE FREE
HIS BIG-ITTY BONES THEY LIG-ITTY LIE DISTIG-ITTY URBED
AND NIG-ITTY NIGH
WAY DIG-ITTY DOWN IN TIG-ITTY N O SIG-ITTY O SEE SEE

Submitter comment: THIS SONG IS SUNG PHONETICALLY. THE INFORMANT IS NOT SURE
WHERE SHE FIRST HEARD THIS SONG. SHE THINKS IT WAS DURING
THE 1940'S IN GRAND BEND, CANADA AT A PARTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTHVILLE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

Date learned: 10-00-1987

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THE FOLLOWING CONVERSATION TOOK PLACE BETWEEN A CUSTOMER AND A
WAITRESS IN A JEWISH RESTAURANT.
FUNEM?
SVFM.
FUNEX?
SVFX.
OKMNX.
TRANSLATION:
HAVE YOU ANY HAM?
YES, WE HAVE HAM.
HAVE YOU ANY EGGS?
YES, WE HAVE EGGS.
OK, HAM AND EGGS.

Submitter comment: WHEN MY GREAT UNCLE TRIED THIS ON US NO ONE COULD GUESS IT JUST BY
LOOKING AT IT. HOWEVER, WHEN HE READ IT TO US USING EXPRESSION IT
WAS MUCH EASIER TO CATCH ON. THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS "PUZZLE" IS
THAT IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO CATCH ON TO THE FIRST TIME YOU SEE
IT. THEN ONCE YOU ARE TOLD WHAT IT MEANS THE ELEMENT OF CURIOSITY IS
DESTROYED. ALMOST INVARIABLY PEOPLE WILL TRY TO READ EACH LINE
AS A WORD NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU TELL THEM TO PRONOUNCE EACH
LETTER SEPARATELY.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): JEWISH PRONUNCIATION OF ENGLISH

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00001960S

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WHEN TWO SPEAK THE SAME WORDS AT THE SAME TIME, TWO FOOLS
ARE COMING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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DONNA'S PARENTS USED TO SAY "UP AND AT 'EM" TO GET THEIR
CHILDREN UP IN THE MORNING, UNTIL DONNA MISUNDERSTOOD AND
SAID "UP AND BANANA" INSTEAD. HER FAMILY STILL SAYS "UP AND
BANANA."

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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TOMORROW

TOMORROW NEVER COMES

Submitter comment: THERE IS A SAYING THAT..........

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): TIME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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TOMORROW

TOMORROW NEVER COMES

Submitter comment: THERE IS A SAYING THAT..........

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): TIME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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Saying

Blind as a bat.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Bat ; BLIND ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Stubborn as a billygoat

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Billygoat ; Goat ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE ; Stubborn

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Crooked as a snake.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Crooked ; Language ; Saying ; Snake ; Untrustworthy

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Grouchy as a bear.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Bear ; Grouchy ; Grumpy ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Stubborn as a mule.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Language ; METAPHOR ; Mule ; Saying ; SIMILE ; Stubborn

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Anticipate ; Bridge ; Cross ; Language ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Talk for 30 minutes on his nickle.

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): Language ; Nickle ; Saying ; TALK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Hot as a snake

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Hot ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE ; Snake

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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