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PROVERB

I LIKE HEMINGWAY VERY MUCH, SAID TOM EARNESTLY.

Keyword(s): SINCERITY

James Callow Keyword(s): LITERARY AUTHOR ; METONYMY: AUTHOR FOR HIS BOOKS ; PUN ON ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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When a Greek couple is in the process of getting married and the
minister says "...to honor and obey..." the bride steps on the
groom's toe with force to show to herself that she does not have to
obey him.

Submitter comment: My informant told me that this occurs so the bride can prove to
herself that she does not fear her husband. If she can't bring
herself to do this, she carries with her the doubt of having any
authority in the marriage. To this day this can be seen in Greek
weddings. This applies even to some Greek weddings that occur in
America if the families decide to follow tradition.

Where learned: GREECE

Keyword(s): authority

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage

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TIE THE DONKEY WHERE HIS MASTER SAYS.
OCBOT IL HANAE FEIN IGHEIDLU SIDU {MALTESE}

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): {MEANING? YOU SHOULD OBEY AUTHORITY, SAYS COLLECTOR}

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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In this genre the fanciful name of the author in combination with the supposed title of the book produces a verbal irony, the import of which is most often obscene or scatalogical.

The Tiger's Revenge - Claude Balls

Hole in the Mattress - Mr. Completely

Hawaiian Romance - Komona Wanna Laiya

Russian Pastime - Ivben Jackinoff

Seventeenth Century England had something like title-author jokes. They were fake book lists with authors who were real people whom the crown was harrassing supposedly speaking on long winded topics.

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Where learned: Journal of American Folklore ; Title Author Jokes Now and Long Ago

Keyword(s): Author ; BOOK ; Fictional ; HUMOR ; OBSCENE ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; SCATOLOGICAL ; Title

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
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Proverb

The article states a need for investigation into American author's use of proverbs. says in looking for proverbs in a work, that the definition of a proverb should be taken in its widest sense.

The Mieder study lists 322 different proverbs in "The People, Yes."

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Where learned: Proverb of Carl Sanburgs Poem, The People Yes ; Southern Folklore Quarterly

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; Authors ; DEFINITION ; Investigation ; poem ; PROVERB ; Sandberg ; Study

Subject headings: PROVERB -- PROVERB

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