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PROVERB

AS LIFE, SO DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; IRONY

James Callow Keyword(s): INEVITABILITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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A PECK OF DIRT IN YOUR LIFE

EVERY PERSON EATS A PECK OF DIRT IN HIS LIFETIME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INEVITABILITY ; OBSERVATION ; UNCLEANLINESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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PROVERB

EVERYONE MUST EAT A BUSHEL OF DIRT BEFORE HE DIES.

Submitter comment: SEE DORSON: BUYING THE WIND NO. 351
PAGE 138
EACH ONE MUST EAT SEVEN POUNDS OF DIRT AND A HANK OF TOW PER YEAR.
I HAVE HEARD THIS PROVERB FROM MY MOTHER AND OTHER PEOPLE SINCE
DHILDHOOD.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INEVITABILITY ; OBSERVATION ; UNCLEANLINESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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PROVERB ( LITHUANIAN )

POUND THE IRON WHILE IT IS STILL HOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADAPTABILITY ; ADVICE: ; MALLEABLE ; STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-07-1968

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

IF YOU LIVE WITH WOLVES LEARN TO HOWL LIKE A WOLF.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): ANIMALS TEMPER

James Callow Keyword(s): ADAPTABILITY ; ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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ETHNIC JOKE

ONE DAY PAT WAS TELLING A FRIEND THAT HE SAW THE BANSHEE DANCING IN
THE MOONLIGHT IN IRELAND. HIS FRIEND WOULD NOT BELIEVE HIM. PAT
SAID, "I'LL GET MIKE TO PROVE IT, HE WAS THERE." PAT SAID, "MIKE,
DIDN'T WE SEE THE BANSHEE DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT AND WASN'T THERE
AT LEAST FIFTEEN HUNDRED OF THEM?" MIKE SAID, "WE CERTAINLY DID,
BUT WHY DID YOU SAY ONLY FIFTEEN HUNDRED, THERE WAS AT LEAST A
THOUSAND."

Where learned: FLORIDA ; KEY BISCAYNE

James Callow Keyword(s): STUPIDITY: INABILITY TO COUNT

Subject headings: Favorites
IRIS

Date learned: 09-00-1981

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LAUGH BEFORE BREAKFAST AND YOU WILL CRY BEFORE SUPPER

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS HER MOTHER TELLING HER THIS IN DETROIT DURING THE
EARLY 1930S

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; INEVITABILITY OF CHANGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 09-19-1972

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CLANCY

CLANCY WAS A COOK AT CAMP OZANAM. HE LIVED IN AN APARTMENT NOW CALLED
ASH. CLANCY WAS BELIEVED TO BE FROM ANOTHER PLANET. ONE DAY CAMPERS
HEARD SCREAMS. THE COUNSELORS WENT IN AND SAW A MEAT GRINDER AND SOME
KIDS. CLANCY WOULD TAKE KIDS AND GRIND THEM UP. HE WAS SERVING THE
CAMP CHILDREN GROUND UP PEOPLE. THE COUNSELORS CALLED THE POLICE AND
CLANCY RAN OUT. THE POLICE SHOT CLANCY BUT NOTHING HAPPENED. CLANCY
RAN ONTO A ROCK AND SHOT UP INTO THE AIR. HE WAS NEVER SEEN AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): CANNIBALISM ; INEFFECTIVE BULLETS INVULNERABILITY

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Planet

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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IF YOU SING BEFORE BREAKFAST, YOU WILL CRY BEFORE SUPPER

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): INEVITABILITY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COMMON PHRASE

TAKES TO IT LIKE A DUCK TO WATER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): ADAPTABILITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

THAT'S THE WAY THE BALL BOUNCES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CHE SERA SERA ; COOKIE CRUMBLES ; INEVITABILITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

THAT'S THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BALL BOUNCES CHE SERA SERA INEVITABILITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN LAUGHS AT A DEFORMED PERSON, HER
CHILD WILL BEAR THAT PERSON'S DEFORMITY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI ; Deovelente Road

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Deformity ; Disability ; Fetus ; infant ; Laugh ; Mock ; Mom ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-21-1973

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PROVERB

MEETING IS THE BEGINNING OF PARTING.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INEVITABILITY? ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-06-1969

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Proverb

Parallel Structure:

Give the world the best you can and the best will come back to you.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Ability ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Return

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Proverb

Jack of all trades, master of none.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Keyword(s): Ability ; Fool ; JACK ; Labor ; Master ; Skill ; TRADE ; WISDOM ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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Proverb

Like water off a duck's back.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600, V200] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): ADAPTABILITY ; BIRD ; DUCK ; Resilience ; WATER ; Waterproof

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Toast

A toast to all your fine ambition, about which we all rant;

Because it makes you do the things that everyone says you can't.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): Ability ; AMBITION ; DRINKING ; Social ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Good, Better, Best / Never let it take a rest / Till your good is better / And your better best.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [V700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): Ability ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Best ; Better ; Good ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Proverb

Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: OHIO ; Sylvania

Keyword(s): Ability ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Well ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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