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WELLERISM

'"ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL,"' SAID THE PEACOCK WHEN HE LOOKED AT
HIS TAIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD ; COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; PARODY ; PUN: PLAY ON "END" "TAIL"

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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COW

AS THE COW SAID TO THE MAINE FARMER, 'THANKS FOR A WARM HAND
ON A COLD MORNING.'

Submitter comment: MR. MENZIES HEARD THE LATE JOHN F. KENNEDY USE THIS LINE TO OPEN
A SPEECH ON A COLD MORNING. HE WAS THANKING THE CROWD FOR THEIR
WARM WELCOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; CLIMATE ; POLITICS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

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TOM SWIFTY

'BOY, I WISH I HADN'T TAKEN THOSE PEP PILLS,' SAID TOM ENERGETICALLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TOM SWIFTY

THE ELECTRONIC MEMORY BANK IS MALFUNCTIONING, SAID TOM
THOUGHTLESSLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; STERLING HEIGHTS, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WELLERISM

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

"EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS," SAID THE OLD LADY AS SHE URINATED INTO
THE OCEAN.

Data entry tech comment:

GOOD GRIEF

Where learned: ONTARIO

Keyword(s): SCATOLOGICAL

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; PARODY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

"EVERYONE TO HIS TASTE," SAID THE FARMER AS HE KISSED HIS COW.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): INDEPENDENCE ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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WELLERISM-- SWIFTIE

NO NO YOU CAN'T HAVE ANY OF MY LOBSTER, HE SAID SHELLFISHLY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ; SHELLFISH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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WELLERISM

ONLY A FOOL WOULD USE LSD, SAID TOM ACIDLY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DRUG: L.S.D., REFERRED TO AS ACID

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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WELLERISM

"ONLY SEVEN MORE DAYS," DICK SAID, WEEKLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Keyword(s): PUN

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 01-00-1972

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WELLERISM

OURS WAS THE GROUP THAT HAD 35% MORE CAVITIES
HE SAID CRESTFALLEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): "CREST" IS THE BRAND NAME OF TOOTHPASTE WHICH ; PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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PROVERB

WHEN I WAS LEAVING TO COME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT I TOLD MY
GIRLFRIEND THAT ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER. SHE REPLIED
WITH "OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND."

Submitter comment: TOLD IN JERSEY CITY IN DECEMBER, 1967

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; JERSEY CITY

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; RETORT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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TOM SWIFTIE

PICK OUT A NICE PIECE OF MEAT, MOTHER SAID TENDERLY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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TOM SWIFTEE

"I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A PAINTER," TOM SAID EASILY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 02-21-1968

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TOM SWIFTEE

"BOWLING'S MY GAME." TOM SAID STRIKINGLY. (ALSO SPARINGLY.)

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

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PLANT YOU NOW, DIG YOU LATER, LIKE THE FARMER TOLD THE POTATO.

Submitter comment: A WAY OF SAYING GOOD BYE TO SOMEONE.
MY MOTHER, MRS. BOND, SAID SHE USED THIS ALOT WHEN SHE WAS
A KID GROWING UP IN THE 1930'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.500
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

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TOM SWIFTIE

"NO, YOU CANNOT BUY MY BROWN TROUT", TOM SAID SELFISHLY

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SCHAUMBURG

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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"CONFUCIUS SAY:"

MAN WHO SIT ON HOT STOVE SHALL RISE AGAIN.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: CA00001972

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"CONFUCIUS SAY:"

MAN WHO FARTS IN CHURCH WILL SIT IN HIS OWN PEW.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG: PEW FOR STENCH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: CA00001972

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I SEE SAID THE BLIND MAN, AS HE PICKED UP THE HAMMER AND SAW

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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CONFUCIOUS SAY GIRL WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSE SHOULD DRESS IN BASEMENT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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