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CLIMBING

WHEN CLIMBING THE LADDER TO SUCCESS,/ DON'T LET THE BOYS LOOK
UNDER YOUR DRESS.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER BY HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR

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

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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PROVERB IN VERSE

MAKE NEW FRIENDS BUT KEEP THE OLD, ONE IS SILVER AND THE
OTHER GOLD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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COMPARISON

APPLE PIE WITHOUT SOME CHEESE
IS LIKE A KISS WITHOUT A SQUEEZE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; DEFINITION ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; DEFINITION ; GO-TOGETHERS MATES ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.700
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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PROVERB

BEER ON WHISKY, PRETTY RISKY,
WHISKY ON BEER, NEVER FEAR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS PROVERB FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PARADOX ; RHYME

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

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PROVERB

DON'T BE CHOOSY KATHY,
SO YOU WON'T OVER CHOOSE;
SO YOU WON'T GET A SPARROW
INSTEAD OF A CANARY. (TRANSLATION)
NIE PRZEBIERAJ KASIU,
ZEBYS NIE PRZEBRALA;
ZEBYS ZA KANARKA
WROBLA NIE DOSTALA. (POLISH)

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT USED TO REMIND HER DAUGHTERS OF THIS PROVERB WHEN
THEY WERE DATING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; PERSONAL PROVERB ; RHYME (IN THE ORIGINAL)

Subject headings: Person / Nickname
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse in Other Group of Folklore C800.200
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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LITHUANIAN PROVERB (TRANSLATION)

DON'T LOOK AT THE BAD SIDE, BUT AT THE GOOD SIDE.

Data entry tech comment: SEE 5X8 CARD FOR LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; OPTIMISM

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

Date learned: 03-07-1968

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PROVERB

DON'T TELL AT HOME, FOOL, WHAT HAPPENED IN SCHOOL. (TRANSLATION)

Data entry tech comment: POLISH ORIGINAL ON 5X8 CARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME

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

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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PROVERB

BE NO TIME FOR CHEERS AND LAUGHTER, IN THE COLD GRAY DAWN OF THE
MORNING AFTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE (IMPLIED) ; HANGOVER ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-10-1968

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THE BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CLANISHNESS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-01-1972

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SAYINGS

BIRDS OF A FEATHER, STICK TOGETHER.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): BIRDS

James Callow Keyword(s): CLANISHNESS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-24-1967

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WOE BORROWER

BORROWING MAKES SORROWING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; TRIPLE RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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HOURS OF SLEEP

NATURE NEEDS FIVE
CUSTOM TAKES SEVEN
LAZINESS TAKES NINE
AND WICKEDNESS ELEVEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ROUTINE

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
686 Ninths / Nine
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.11

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PROVERB IN VERSE

NEEDLES AND PINS, NEEDLES AND PINS
WHEN A MAN MARRIES, HIS TROUBLE BEGINS

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

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; MATRIMONY ; OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM ; SEXISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- P545.0

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PROVERB IN VERSE

NAKTIES DARBAI, DIENOS JUOKAI. (LITHUANIAN)
NIGHTS WORK, DAYS JOKES.

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS LITHUANIAN TEXT
UNABLE TO READ INFORMANTS FIRST NAME ON 5 X 8 CARD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSLATION

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

Date learned: 03-08-1968

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PROVERB IN VERSE-- PROBABLY UKRAINIAN

NOT MY HORSE, NOT MY BUGGY, LET IT GO WHEREVER IT PLEASES.
THIS REFERS TO PEOPLE MINDING THEIR OWN BUSINESS

Submitter comment: INFORMANT NOT SURE WHERE INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEXT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; INQUISITIVENESS

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

Date learned: 10-06-1967

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PROVERB

OF ALL THE SAYINGS IN THE WORLD
THE ONE TO SEE YOU THROUGH
IS NEVER TROUBLE TROUBLE
'TILL TROUBLE TROUBLES YOU

Submitter comment: RELATED ON 07171964 BUT LEARNED WHEN INFORMANT WAS A CHILD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INQUISITIVENESS ; INTERNAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 07-17-1964

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PROVERB

OH WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE
WHEN AT FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE

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

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; DISHONESTY ; OBSERVATION ; SYMBOL

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

Date learned: 10-31-1969

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LITHUANIAN PROVERB

RANKA RANKA MAZGOJA (LITHUANIAN)
ONE HAND WASHES THE OTHER
IF YOU DO SOMETHING BAD OR GOOD THE OTHER PERSON WILL
RECIPROCATE IN THE SAME MANNER

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS LITHUANIAN TEXT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COOPERATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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IRISH PROVERB

PLOW DEEP WHILE THE SLUGGARDS SLEEP,
SHALL HAVE CORN TO SELL AND CORN TO KEEP.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ELLIPSIS ; INDUSTRIOUSNESS ; VEGETATION

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

Date learned: 04-15-1971

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POLISH PROVERB

HE WHO DRINKS ALSO LIVES
KTO PIJE, DLUGO ZYJE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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

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