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RIDDLE

Q: ROUND AS AN APPLE, THIN AS A KNIFE;/ ANSWER THIS RIDDLE AND I'LL
BE YOUR WIFE.
A: A DIME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD FROM FRIEND IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): EATABLE (Q) ; MONETARY ITEMS (A) ; PERSON (Q) ; UTENSIL (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.545
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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CROWS

AS THE CROW FLIES.

James Callow comment: INDICATAING A STRAIGHT LINE IN DISTANCE FROM ONE PLACE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRDS

James Callow Keyword(s): TO ANOTHER, RATHER THAN ACTUAL MILEAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

(TRANSLATION) DRAFT BEER, NOT STUDENTS.

Where learned: ON A BUS

Keyword(s): FOOD ; POLITICS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ; PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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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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PAR FOR THE COURSE

BE YOURSELF...IF YOU CANT DO ANY BETTER.

Where learned: LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): OF ; PAR IS A GOLF TERM MEANING "AVERAGE" OR USUAL NUMBER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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Language: Rhyme

If wisdom's ways you'd willing seek

Five things observe with care;

Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,

And how, and when and where.

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Language ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Speak ; VERSE ; When ; Where ; Whom ; WISDOM

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

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

THE CHURCH IS CLOSE
BUT IT'S COLD OUTSIDE.
ILL STAY HOME.
THE TAVERN'S FAR
BUT IT'S COLD OUTSIDE.
ILL WALK FAST.

Submitter comment: TOLD IN HIS HIGH SCHOOL RUSSIAN CLASS
HENRY FORD H.S., DETROIT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; CONTRAST ; IRONY

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ; IRONY ; PRIORITIES

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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LUCK

ON THE WAY TO A TRACK MEET, A RUNNER WOULD NOT GO
ACROSS A YELLOW LINE, SO IN THE MEET IT WOULD
CAUSE THE RUNNER TO LACK THE ABILITY TO PASS UP OPPOSING RUNNERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGEIOUS MAGIC? ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.6

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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EFFECTS OF DRINKING

WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL GETS DRUNK HE LOSES ALL THE GOOD GRACES
HE HAS STORED UP IN HEAVEN AND WHEN HE REPENTS, HE GETS THEM
ALL BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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SCHOOL BELIEF

IT IS BELIEVED THAT GETTING TOTALLY DRUNK THE NIGHT BEFORE A
PSYCHOLOGY TEST WILL BRING A PASSING GRADE.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT AND HIS ROOMMATE FOLLOWED THIS FOR THREE
TESTS AND RECEIVED PASSING GRADES OF B OR BETTER,
HOWEVER THE INFORMANT LATER DROPPED OUT DUE TO POOR GRADES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

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TRADITIONAL WORDS

EIGHTY-SIX.

Submitter comment: THE PHRASE WHICH WAS PICKED UP WAS EIGHTY-SIX. TO EIGHTY-SIX
SOMETHING MEANT TO 1, IGNORE IT, OR 2, THROW IT AWAY. THERE IS ALSO
A TRADITIONAL TALE ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THE TERM. IT IS BELIEVED TO
HAVE COME FROM AN OLD BARTENDER'S TERM. WHEN THE BARTENDER SAW THAT
SOMEONE WAS DRUNK, HE WOULD PASS THE WORD TO EIGHTY-SIX THAT MAN.
THAT WOULD MEAN EITHER CALL THE POLICE, WHOSE ADDRESS WAS 86TH ST.
OR TO GIVE THE MAN 86 PROOF LIQUOR, RATHER THAN 100 PROOF.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ; NUMBER ; THREAT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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PROVERB

ELEPHANTS, PINK, ARE THE BEASTS OF BOURBON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; COLOR ; PUN

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ; COLOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-10-1965

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DRUNKARD

EVERY DRUNK SPEAKS HIS SOBER THOUGHTS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): "IN VINO VERITAS." ; ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ; IRONY ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEGLIGENCE IS A GREAT ENEMY

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN. ITEM IS FROM A LETTER

James Callow comment: I ASSUME THE INFORMANT IS TRANSLATING FROM JAPANESE--
F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: JAPAN

James Callow Keyword(s): MEANING: WHAT WILL YOU HAVE, REGARDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

NEVER'SPARE THE PARSON'S WINE OR THE BAKER S PUDDING

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERB

AN OLD DOG WILL LEARN NO NEW TRICKS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE ; ANIMAL ; OBSERVATION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-10-1967

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OLDER THAN THE HILLS

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

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE ; STALE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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PROVERB

THE OLDER THE FIDDLE THE SWEETER THE TUNE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE ; MUSIC ; OBSERVATION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH PROVERB

THE OLDER THE GOAT THE HARDER ARE HIS HORNS

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE ; ANIMAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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OLD MEN AND OLD WOMEN MAKE GOOD SOUP

Submitter comment: SAID IN REFERENCE TO CHAPERONES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE ; CANNIBALISM ; PUN--ON WORD "MAKE"

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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