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JEWISH SAYING

KLEIG VIA A MUMSER: SMART AS AN ILLEGITIMATE CHILD (ENGLISH)

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS AS A KID. THESE SAYINGS JUST WENT AROUND IN A JEWISH H

James Callow comment: INCOMPLETE COMMENT
CN[ STATFIELD, MURRAY 730401
C1[ 21130 GARDNER
C2[ OAK PARK, MICHIGAN 48237
DNC[ 1,616
******************** C FILE 1 ********************

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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PROVERB

THAT'S ABOUT AS FUNNY AS A SCREEN DOOR ON A SUBMARINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

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

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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SLOW AS MOLASSES.

Submitter comment: USED TO DESCRIBE SOMEONE AS BEING EXTREMELY SLOW. (VERY OLD
SAYING).

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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YOU HAVE AS MUCH GRACE AS A WOUNDED BUFFALO.

Submitter comment: USED TO DESCRIBE SOMEONE AS BEING A KLUTZ {CLUMSY}.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00001960S LATE

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HE DRIVES LIKE SUTTER.
MR. GORSKI SAID HE USED THIS PHRASE AMONG FRIENDS WHEN BEHIND A
DRIVER WHO DROVE TOO SLOW FOR THEM. HE SAID THE NAME SUTTER CAME FROM
AN OLD MAN THEY KNEW AS KIDS, WHO ALWAYS "DROVE UNDER THE SPEED LIMIT
AND EVERY ONE MADE FUN OF HIM."

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONAL PROVERBIAL PHRASE

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

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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LIKE WATER OFF A DUCK'S BACK

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-04-1972

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STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FATHER USED THIS EXPRESSION DURING THE YEARS 1923 THROUGH
1939

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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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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FITS LIKE A GLOVE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD HER MOTHER SAY THIS WHEN SHE WAS A TEENAGER--YEARS
1931 THROUGH 1937

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-28-1972

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PAY TOILET PROVERB

THAT'S ABOUT AS FUNNY AS A PAY TOILET IN A DIARRHEA WARD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-27-1972

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SCREEN DOOR PROVERB

THAT'S ABOUT AS FUNNY AS A SCREEN DOOR IN A SUBMARINE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

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

Date learned: 09-27-1972

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SPACE SUIT PROVERB

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THAT'S ABOUT AS FUNNY AS A FART IN A SPACE SUIT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

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

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

HOTTER THAN HELL WARMED OVER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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AS BROAD BETWEEN THE SHOULDERS AS HEARING IS BETWEEN THE EYES.
MAUREEN'S INFORMANT WAS HER 82 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER EVA HARMON
OF FRENCH DESCENT CURRENTLY RESIDING IN ALGONAC, MICHIGAN

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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WOMEN

A WOMAN IS LIKE AN EGG, THE MORE SHE'S BEATEN THE BETTER SHE
BECOMES. NEIL'S INFORMANT WAS HIS GRANDMOTHER AMELIA DUTTON
OF HAITIAN DESCENT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 12-07-1972

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COLDNESS

COLDER THAN A WHORE'S HEART. (REFERRING TO THE WEATHER)
USED BY MAUREEN'S FATHER EDWARD. HE IS 53 YEARS OLD AND OF FRENCH
AND IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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SLIPPERY

SLIPPERYER THAN CHUCKIN' A SNAKE IN A BUCKET OF SNOT. (REFERRING
TO A FINANCIAL LEECH) USED BY MAUREEN'S FATHER EDWARD OF FRENCH
AND IRISH DESCENT DURING WWII.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-08-72

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BUMPS ON LOGS

YOU SIT THERE LIKE BUMPS ON LOGS. MAUREEN'S INFORMANT WAS HER
7TH GRADE TEACHER ELLA ROY OF GERMAN DESCENT

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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YOU'RE AS WELCOME IN MY HOUSE AS A CASE OF SMALLPOX.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

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UGLY

UGLY AS SIN
ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING THAT A PERSON IS UGLY IS TO SAY THAT HE OR
SHE IS 'UGLY AS SIN'

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY ; INSULT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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