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POLISH PROVERB

BETTER PEA SOUP AND SAUERKRAUT IN PEACETIME THAN A FAT CHICKEN
IN WARTIME.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): BIRD ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-WAR ; CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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PROVERB

A BIRD CAN FLY HIGH BUT IT MUST COME DOWN TO ROOST.

Where learned: PASTEUR SCHOOL (SIC)

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; LIMITATIONS? ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 01-29-1968

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PROVERB

A BIRD IN YOUR HAND IS BETTER THAN TEN ON A TREE.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A PROVERB FROM PALESTINE, NOT THE USE OF TEN ON A TREE
COMPARED WITH THE AMERICAN PROVERB SAYING TWO ON A TREE. (SIC)

Data entry tech comment:

TWO IN THE BUSH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; NUMBERS ; OBSERVATION ; PRIORITY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 First / Once / One / Newness
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-06-1970

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PROVERB

A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH THOUSANDS IN THE AIR. (TRANSLATION)
ASFUR JIDEC AHIAR MIN ELF FLAIRU. (MALTESE)

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD ; NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; OBSERVATION ; PRIORITY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Sixths / Six
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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PROVERB

A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; HYPOCRISY ; NUMBERS ; OBSERVATION ; PRIORITY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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PROVERB

BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; GLENVIEW

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): CLANISHNESS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.20
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-18-1971

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SAYINGS

BIRDS OF A FEATHER, STICK TOGETHER.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): BIRDS

James Callow Keyword(s): CLANISHNESS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-24-1967

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PROVERB

BIRDS FLY WITH THEIR OWN KIND.

Submitter comment: SIMILAR TO BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER. ; BAGHDAD, IRAQ

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): CLANISHNESS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SPANISH PROVERB

BY HIS SONG YOU KNOW THE BIRD.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER SPANISH TEACHER, MR. FARRELL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): CLANISHNESS? ; OBSERVATION

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

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

'THE CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROOST.'

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRDS

James Callow Keyword(s): CONSEQUENCES ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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PROVERB

THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT ; OBSERVATION ; SYMBOL ; ZEAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERB

EVERY OLD CROW THINKS HER OWN THE BLACKEST.

Data entry tech comment: WE BELIEVE THIS REFERS TO MATERNAL PRIDE IN OFFSPRING.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; OBSERVATION ; PREJUDICE ; UNOBJECTIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

NERVOUS AS A HEN ON A HOT SHOVEL

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER LEARNED THIS EXPRESSION AS A CHILD ON A FARM IN CASEVILLE, MICHIGAN

Where learned: HOME ; BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): BIRDS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ANXIETY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ONE SWALLOW DOESN'T MAKE A SUMMER

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): WEATHER

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRD ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001964 ( SUMMER )

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CHICKEN

IF A CHICKEN CROWS AFTER DARK, THAT IS A SIGN OF DEATH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY BEIEVES THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD ROOSTER

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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CHILDREN'S SONG

DID YOU EVER TAKE A WALK ON A HOT SUMMER DAY
DOWN BY THE RIVER JUST TO PASS THE TIME AWAY?
PUT YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKET AND YOUR
POCKETS IN YOUR PANTS, AND WATCH THE LITTLE
FISHEES DO THE HOOTCHIE-HOOTCHIE DANCE.
OH AN OLD CROW FLEW IN A COUNTRY STORE
AND HE PTTTT ON THE COUNTER AND HE PTTTT ON THE
FLOOR, AND HE PTTTT IN THE COFFEE AND HE PTTTT IN
THE TEA. AND IF I HADNA' RUN, HE'D A PTTTT ON ME.
IF FROGS HAD WINGS AND TOADS HAD HAIR
AUTOMOBILES COULD FLY IN THE AIR. IF PUMPKINS
GREW ON WATERMELON VINES, YOU OUGHTA HAVE
SNOW IN THE SUMMERTIME.

PTTTT-DA-DEE-YA-DA-PTTT-DING

Where learned: DEARBORN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): BIRD DUNG ; LUBBERLAND ; MARVELS ; ONOMATOPOEIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C360
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

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HOLLANDER JOKE

HEAR ABOUT THE MAN IN FLORIDA WHO WANTED FLAMINGOES
IN FRONT OF HIS HOTEL?
HE PAINTED SOME HOLLANDERS PINK AND PLANTED
THEM IN HIS FRONT YARD.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SNAKE AND A GOOSE?
A GOOSE IS A GRASP IN THE ASS.
A SNAKE IS AN ASP IN THE GRASS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS BIRD REPTILE ; SPOONERISM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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BATMAN JOKE

WHY DID BATMAN HAVE WORMS?
TO FEED ROBIN.

Submitter comment: BROTHER MIKE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; FICTIONAL PERSON ; TELEVISION AND COMIC BOOK PERSONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT DO DUCKS DO WHEN THEY FLY UPSIDE DOWN?
THEY QUACK UP

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): AIRPLANE LINGO ; BIRDS PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-18-1965

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