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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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PROVERB

BETTER BORN LUCKY THAN RICH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BLASON POPULAIRE

BEWARE OF GREEKS BEARING GIFTS.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): CUSTOM

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; HYPOCRISY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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DEFINITION

CANADIANS ARE NICKLE-PLATED AMERICANS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON

James Callow Keyword(s): CRITICISM ; NATIONALISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 09-19-1969

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SAYING

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

HILL WITH THEIR FISTS BALLED UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NEGRO ; RACISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison
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Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

EVERY MAN SHOULD HAVE A CHINESE COOK, A SPANISH MAID, A FRENCH
MISTRESS, AND A JAPANESE WIFE.

Submitter comment:

DR. DAMIN DOES NOT REMEMBER WHERE SHE HEARD THIS.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IDEALISM--WISHFUL THINKING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 01-00-1964

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PROVERB

EVERY POLE IS SMART AFTER THE DAMAGE IS DONE.
POLISH: KARZDY POLAK JERT MADUY PO SZKODZIE.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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PROVERB

EVERY TIME AN AMERICAN COMES UP WITH A NEW INVENTION, THE RUSSIANS
INVENT IT A WEEK LATER AND A WEEK AFTER THAT, THE JAPANESE MAKE IT
CHEAPER.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAUVINISM ; IMITATION ; IRONY ; NATIONALISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AIR CASTLE PROVERB

NEUROTICS BUILD AIR CASTLES,
PSYCHOTICS LIVE IN THEM,
AND PSYCHIATRISTS COLLECT THE RENT.

Submitter comment:

SAID SO SINCERELY THAT I HAD TO THINK TWICE BEFORE I APPRECIATED THE
HUMOR

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

James Callow Keyword(s): FANTASY ; IRONY ; MENTAL DISTURBANCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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BLASON POPULAIRE

REGARDING THE COMELINESS OF THE COEDS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
IT IS COMMON BELIEF THAT NINE OUT OF TEN GIRLS ARE BEAUTIFUL
AND THE TENTH GOES TO MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): EDUCATION ; IRONY ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 686.1
686 686.1.9
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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PROVERB IN VERSE

NO FROGS PLAY AS WELL AS THE POLISH FROGS DO

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; NATIONALISM ; TRANSLATION

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MONTANA LADIES

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

NOT ALL SHEEP ARE MONTANA LADIES

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT IS A FRIEND'S FATHER AND HE RECALLED THIS FROM
SEVERAL YEARS AGO.
PROBABLY A SLUR ON MONTANA LADIES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; ANTHROPOMORPHISM

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; SEXISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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AN ITALIAN PROVERB

NOT ON FRIDAY NOR ON TUESDAY
DOES ONE MARRY OR SET FORTH TO TRAVEL

Submitter comment: ITALIAN PROVERB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F545.0
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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BASEBALL TALES

OLD BASEBALL PLAYERS NEVER TELL TALES BUT ONLY LIES

Where learned: NBC TELEVISION

James Callow Keyword(s): DISTORTION ; EXAGGERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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