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POLISH PROVERB

AS THE WORK IS DONE, SO ONE IS PAYED. (PAID.)
JAKA PRACA, TAKA PTACA. (POLISH)

Submitter comment: I KNOW THIS FROM HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ECONOMICS

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

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.700
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

A BARKING DOG NEVER BITES.

Where learned: WARREN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; THREATS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE.

Submitter comment: PEOPLE WHO MAKE THE MOST NOISE NEVER DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; THREATS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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PROVERB

BEGGARS CAN'T BE CHOOSERS.

Submitter comment: GIVEN TO HER BY DIFFERENT ASSOCIATES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 05-00-1965

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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

THE CRUELEST LIES ARE OFTEN TOLD IN SILENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; IRONY

James Callow Keyword(s): PARADOX ; SIN OF OMISSION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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PROVERB

CUNNING PROCEEDS FROM WANT OF CAPACITY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

James Callow Keyword(s): SELF DEPRECATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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SUPERSTITION

CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT; SATISFACTION BROUGHT IT BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; OBSERVATION ; SLANT RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

DEAD AS A DOORNAIL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

James Callow Keyword(s): DEATH ; OBSERVATION ; THREATS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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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PROVERB

DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF.

Where learned: TV SHOW

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: ; DON'T WORRY ABOUT SMALL MATTERS ; PERSPIRATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

DUMB AS A DOORKNOB

Submitter comment: USED WHEN POINTING OUT HOW IGNORANT A PERSON OR ANIMAL IS IN A
GIVEN SITUATION. INFORMANT USES THIS SOMETIMES WHEN HE WAS ANGRY.
HE HAS HEARD IT USED BY MANY OTHERS AT WORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; STUPIDITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

THE BERRIES MAY BE RED AND RIPE, BUT CAN OF TIME BE BITTER.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COLOR ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): (OFT?) ; CONTRAST ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1910

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PROVERB

BETTER TO HAVE LOVED AND LOST THAN NOT TO HAVE LOVED AT ALL.

Where learned: SHIPLE HALL

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-18-1967

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EMPHATIC EXPRESSION

BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR.

Submitter comment: USED TO ADD EMPHASIS TO VALIDITY OF A PREVIOUS STATEMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ECONOMICS

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ROLY-POLY

BIG AS A BARREL.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

James Callow Keyword(s): SIZE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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PROVERB

BOYS AND BOOKS DON'T MIX.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; DATING ; EDUCATION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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IRISH SAYING

CAN'T THE CAT LOOK AT THE QUEEN?

Submitter comment: MEANING: HAVE I NO RIGHTS AT ALL?

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): JUSTICE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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PROVERB

CHEATERS NEVER PROSPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; RHYME

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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