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TAUNT OF THE WELSH

JOHNNY WAS A WELSHMAN,
JOHNNY WAS A THIEF,
JOHNNY CAME TO MY HOUSE
AND STOLE A LEG OF BEEF.
I WENT TO JOHNNY'S HOUSE,
JOHNNY WAS IN BED,
SO I TOOK UP A POKER
AND HIT HIM ON THE HEAD.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS AN IRISH TAUNT OF THE WELSH, USUALLY SUNG BY
SMALL CHILDREN AT SCHOOL OR PLAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): TAFFY WAS A WELSHMAN NURSERY RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN GOD MADE A NEGRO,
HE MADE THEM AT NIGHT,
HE MADE THEM IN THE BASEMENT,
AND FORGOT TO TURN THEM WHITE.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR RACE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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RIDDLE

Q: WOMEN ARE LIKE MONEY.
A: YOU HAVE TO KEEP THEM BUSY OR THEY LOSE INTEREST.

James Callow comment: DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A RIDDLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; MONETARY ITEM (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-30-1967

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BLASON POPULAIRE

ACCOUNTANTS NEVER DIE, THEY JUST LOSE THEIR BALANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY ; PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

ALL MEN ARE TOADS.

Submitter comment: MANY OF THE GIRLS IN THE DORMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HAVE
CAUGHT ON TO THIS SAYING AND BUY FROG REPLICAS, FROG CANDLES, ETC.
FOR THEIR BOYFRIENDS.

Data entry tech comment: TOADS OF A FEATHER....

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): REPTILES

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL AMPHIBIAN ; ANIMAL METAPHOR ; SEXISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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JEWISH JOKE

ANOTHER NAME FOR A (SIC) ADDING MACHINE IS A JEWISH TYPEWRITER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-SEMITISM ; MONEY-MINDED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-06-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS IRISH AS PADDY'S PIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): NAME: PADDY ; NATIONALISM ; PERSONAL PROVERB

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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OLD JEWISH SAYING

ASK FOR A WOMAN'S ADVICE AND DO THE OPPOSITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTIFEMINISM

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; PARADOX ; SEXISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS ODD AS KATE CARNEY'S CAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; ANIMATED NATURE ; PROPER NAME

James Callow Keyword(s): ECCENTRICITY ; PERSONAL PROVERB

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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BLASON POPULAIRE

AN ATTORNEY WHO HAS HIMSELF FOR A CLIENT, HAS A FOOL FOR A CLIENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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PROVERB

A BACHELOR IS A ROLLING STONE WHO GATHERS NO BOSS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A PARTY ASHTRAY.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; SEMANTICS

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY ; SEXISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

COLDER THAN A WELL-DIGGERS ASS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD THIS STORY: BEFORE THE AGE OF MACHINERY WHEN PEOPLE
DUG THEIR OWN WELLS THEIR BACKSIDES WERE CLOSE TO THE SIDE OF THE
WELL WALL BECAUSE THE HOLE WAS SO NARROW. BECAUSE OF THE DAMP GROUND
THE WELL-DIGGER'S BACKSIDE OFTEN GOT VERY COLD.

Data entry tech comment: GOOD GRIEF

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLIMATE

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM: BACKSIDES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
SPEECH -- Folk etymology
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

COLDER THAN A WELL-DIGGER'S CROTCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-19-1970

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COLD

COLDER THAN A WELL-DIGGERS REAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLIMATE

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEATHER COLDNESS

COLDER THAN A WHORE'S HEART.

Submitter comment: REFERRING TO THE WEATHER. USED BY MAUREEN'S FATHER EDWARD. HE IS 53
YEARS OLD AND OF FRENCH AND IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSTITUTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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PROVERB

DEATHS COME IN THREES; DEPARTURES FROM THE JESUIT ORDER COME IN
THREES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; PARALLELISM

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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WELLERISM

'DESPONDENT DRAGONS NEVER EAT LITHUANIAN BREAD,' SAID THE
LITHUANIAN BAKER AS HE LOAFED IN THE DRAGON'S MOUTH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES THIS PROVERB COMES FROM THE MURKY RECESSES OF
A DISTURBED MIND AND IS, THEREFORE, UNRELIABLE.

Data entry tech comment: KEYPUNCHER SUSPECTS THIS PROVERB.

James Callow comment: KEYPUNCHER'S JOKE, NO DOUBT

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; FOOD ; PUN ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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DOCTORS' PHILOSOPHY

DOCTORS ALWAYS BURY THEIR MISTAKES.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): INCOMPETENCY ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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SAYING

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND PEOPLE WOULD GIVE THINGS AND TAKE THEM
BACK, THE CHILDREN WOULD SAY,
DON'T BE AN INDIAN GIVER.

Submitter comment:

I LEARNED THIS SAYING IN ABOUT 1950, IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM ; FUNCTION ; RACISM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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CHASE

DON'T EVER CHASE A BOY OR A STREETCAR. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER ONE
ALONG IN A MINUTE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 12-00-1965

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