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PROVERB

NOT HOW LITTLE FOR HOW MUCH, BUT HOW MUCH FOR HOW LITTLE?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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PROVERB

RULE NO. 9: DON'T TAKE YOURSELF TOO DAMN SERIOUSLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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GOD HELPS THOSE THAT HELP THEMSELVES, AND TO HELL WITH THOSE WHO
DON'T. MEANING: DO IT YOURSELF, DON'T WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO DO IT
FOR YOU. WOULD SOMETIMES BE USED AT MEALS TO INDICATE USE "BOARDER'S
REACH" OR HELP YOURSELF--INFORMAL DINING.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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MARINE CORPS

"BLEED NOW RATHER THAN IN WAR."
"THE BEST LIFE INSURANCE IN COMBAT IS TO KILL HIM BEFORE HE KILLS
YOU."
"THE QUICK AND THE DEAD" THE ONLY TWO KINDS OF MARINES.
THESE WERE USED IN BASIC TRAINING AND WERE PERSONALIZED IN THAT WE
WERE TRAINING FOR COMBAT IN VIET NAM. SO IT WAS BETTER TO "BLEED"
OR GET INJURED IN TRAINING THAN HAVE IT HAPPEN ON THE BATTLE FIELD;
IT WAS EITHER KILL OR BE KILLED; AND EITHER YOU WERE QUICK WITH
GOOD REFLEXES OR YOU WERE DEAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TAUGHT BASIC TRAINING AT BOOT CAMP

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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KEEP A PENNY IN YOUR PURSE SO THE DEVIL WON'T GET IN

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT STATED THAT THIS SAYING WAS TOLD TO HER ONE DAY BY
HER GRANDMOTHER WHEN THEY WERE SHOPPING AND SHE WENT INTO HER PURSE
TO GET SOME CHANGE AND SHE SAID "LEAVE A PENNY IN YOUR PURSE SO THE
DEVIL WON'T GET IN"

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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WHEN YOU CAN'T ARGUE

DE GUSTIBUS NON EST DISPUTANDUM IS SOMETHING I SAY WHEN A
PERSON AND I DISAGREE ON SOMETHING BUT NEITHER OF US CAN PROVE
HIS POINT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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SAYING

SOMEONE WHO IS VERY OUTGOING: "HE NEVER MEETS A STRANGER."

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; MONROE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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IT IS NICE TO BE IMPORTANT BUT IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO BE NICE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REPORTS THAT THIS PHRASE IS IN COMMON USE AMONG THE
EXECUTIVES OF THE S. S. KRESGE CO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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BEGGARS CANNOT BE CHOOSERS

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-19-1972

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TELL ME WHO YOU GO WITH AND I'LL TELL YOU WHAT YOU ARE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD HER FATHER SAY THIS IN THE YEAR 1928

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-21-1972

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HAIR TODAY---BALD TOMORROW

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS YEARS BACK PROBABLY AROUND 1928

James Callow comment: PARODY OF HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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TO BELIEVE IS ONE THING, TO ACT IS ANOTHER

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER FATHER WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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EASY COME, EASY GO

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS REMARK IN THE U. S. ARMY IN 1946

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS BREVITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-04-1972

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WE GROW OLD TOO SOON AND SMART TOO LATE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HIS FATHER IN THE YEAR 1929

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-04-1972

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THE HAND IS QUICKER THAN THE EYE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS EXPRESSION USED AT A CARNIVAL IN 1928

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): METONYMY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-27-72

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A PENNY SAVED IS A PENNY EARNED.

Submitter comment: USED WHEN COLLECTOR'S TEN CENT ALLOWANCE WAS SPENT.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001950S

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YOU CAN DRESS A PERSON UP BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE HIM OUT.

Submitter comment: USED BY INFORMANT'S GIRLFRIEND AT SENIOR PROM WHEN INFORMANT STARTED
THROWING CHUNKS OF FRUIT SALAD INTO AIR AND CATCHING THEM IN HIS
MOUTH.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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IT'S NOT THE COUGH THAT CARRIES YOU OFF, IT'S THE COFFIN THEY
CARRY YOU OFF IN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SAID AS A HUMOROUS EXPRESSION WHENEVER SOMEONE HAD A COUGH.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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PROVERB

IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THAN RECEIVE. MY MOTHER WOULD ALWAYS TELL
ME THIS, ESPECIALLY DURING GIFT-GIVING HOLIDAYS.

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERB

A MAN WHO KNOWS AND KNOW THAT HE KNOWS, FOLLOW HIM.

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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