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SPIRIT OF THE HOUSE

IT IS AN ITALIAN BELIEF THAT EVERY HOUSEHOLD HAS A GOOD
SPIRIT THAT REMAINS WITH IT AND SOMETIMES CAN BE SEEN.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; AUBURN

James Callow Keyword(s): COBOLD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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Yo have mo front 'n Katie Ben.

Submitter comment: You have more "gumption" than Katie Ben. The story goes back
to the 1940's in Saint Thomas when there was a problem with
the congregation of a Methodist church. Everyone was afraid
to talk about it, including the minister, even though all knew
a problem existed. Katie Ben, a child, got up in church and
spoke out or took the "front." The informant has no idea what
the problem was at the time but that is where this saying came
from.

Where learned: VIRGIN ISLANDS ; Saint Thomas

Keyword(s): 'n = than ; mo = more ; Yo = you

James Callow Keyword(s): Effrontery Boldness Audacity ; Personal name in proverb

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

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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Proverb

Omen:

There are old pilots / And there are bold pilots / But there are never old, bold, pilots.

Submitter comment:

This is taught to pilots early in their training - beware of being too confident - never step out of the realm of your experience.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P870] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Keyword(s): AGE ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Bold ; Maxim ; Old ; OMEN ; Pilot ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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