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TOUGH, ROUGH AND HARD TI DIAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; CONTRADICTION ; TAUNT?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CUSTOM & SUPERSTITION

MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE YOU SHOULD FIRST BRING BREAD & SUGAR
INTO IT, SO THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FOOD TO EAT & THE HOUSE
WILL NEVER KNOW FROM BITTERS.

Submitter comment: THE SAYING "NEVER KNOW FROM BITTERS" MEANS THAT THE HOUSE
SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE HAPPINESS IN IT!
HEARD THIS AS A KID. THESE SAYINGS JUST WENT AROUND IN A JEWISH
HOME. I COULD FIND NO ORIGIN FOR THIS SAYING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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WRONG SIDE OF BED

IT IS BAD LUCK TO GET OUT OF THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR BED. YOUR GUARDIAN
ANGEL SLEEPS ON THE RIGHT AND THE DEVIL ON THE LEFT. IF YOU GET OUT
THE LEFT SIDE, YOU AWAKEN THE DEVIL AND HE LEADS YOU INTO
TROUBLE.THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE FOR THE RIGHT SIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE MORE COMMON SAYING THAT "YOU GOT OUT ON THE
WRONG SIDE OF THE BED" WHEN SOMEBODY IS IN A BAD MOOD IN THE MORNING.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; WEATHERLY

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00001960S

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A PERSON WHO LIES A GREAT DEAL IS SAID TO HAVE A FORKED TONGUE.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THIS ALL MY LIFE.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00001960S TO 00001972

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A REAL TEARJERKER.

Submitter comment: USED TO DESCRIBE EMOTIONAL BOOKS OR MOVIES.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-29-1972

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HE IS WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS REMARK IN SCHOOL IN THE YEAR 1927

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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DON'T PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE

Submitter comment: ADVICE GIVEN TO INFORMANT BY HIS FATHER IN 1929

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-06-1972

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YOUR TASTE IS ALL IN YOUR MOUTH

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HIS FATHER IN 1933

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

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

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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DON'T TREAD ON THIN ICE

Submitter comment: FAVORITE EXPRESSION OF INFORMANT'S FATHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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RAISE CAIN

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD HIS FATHER SAY THIS MANY TIMES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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LOCK, STOCK AND BARREL

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FATHER USED THIS PHRASE FROM 1928 THROUGH 1953

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

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

Date learned: 10-06-1972

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UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS EXPRESSION IN THE U. S. ARMY IN 1947

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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GRAB THE BULL BY THE HORNS

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER IN THE YEAR 1931

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-06-1972

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SINK OR SWIM

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HIS FATHER IN 1931

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-04-1972

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THAT'S A FEATHER IN YOUR CAP

Submitter comment: REMEMBERED THIS EXPRESSION BEING USED BY INFORMANT'S FATHER IN THE
YEAR 1931

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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A MEAL FIT FOR A KING

Submitter comment: AN EXPRESSION MY FATHER USES WHEN HE HAS A GOOD DINNER. I FIRST
HEARD IT ON THANKSGIVING DAY IN THE YEAR 1969

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-04-1972

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TWO SHAKES OF A LAMB'S TAIL

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HIS FATHER IN THE YEAR 1928

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 09-28-1972

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

ACE IN THE HOLE

Data entry tech comment: GAMBLING TERM APPLIED TO A HIDDEN ADVANTAGE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): CARD PLAYING: POKER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

ANY PORT IN A STORM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 12-05-1967

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

AS NEAT AS WAX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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