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PROVERB

DON'T LOCK A STABLE AFTER THE HORSE HAS BEEN STOLEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; PRECAUTION IS BETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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PROVERB

DON'T SKID YOUR SPARE TIRE.

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; AUTOMOBILE ; PRECAUTION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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DOOR LOCKS ON INSIDE

THE DOOR LOCKS FROM THE INSIDE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): PRECAUTION?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEVER MIND THE NOISE IN THE MARKET, JUST WATCH THE PRICE OF FISH.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CAUTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

NIP IT IN THE BUD

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THE COLLECTOR'S ADDRESS

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PRECAUTION ; SYMBOL ; VEGETATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

ONCE BURNED, TWICE SHY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): CAUTION ; FIRE ; OBSERVATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ONCE BURNT, TWICE SHY
YOU AVOID AN UNFORTUNATE HAPPENING THE SECOND TIME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): CAUTION ; FIRE ; OBSERVATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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BLASON POPULAIRE

ON TURNPIKES THERE ARE LONG BUMPS ACROSS THE ROAD TO SLOW
MOTORISTS DOWN. THESE ARE CALLED CHINESE STOP SIGNS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION ; PRECAUTION ; SAFETY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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DON'T FOOL AROUND NEAR THE GARDEN GATE,
LOVE IS BLIND,
BUT MOTHER AIN'T!!!!

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD ME THIS THE NIGHT I WENT
TO MY SENIOR PROM.

James Callow Keyword(s): CAUTIONARY ; HUMOR

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 05-00-1984

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It is very unlucky to purchase Tarot Cards; they must be
given to you. Once someone gives them to you, you must wrap
them in silk and then place them in a satin bag for storage.
If you do not store them in this manner, they will bring you bad luck. You may only give the Tarot cards to someone who
really wants them.

Submitter comment: Elinor found out about these proscriptions regarding Tarot
cards when she casually mentioned to an acquaintance that she
was interested in buying some. The woman became alarmed that
Elinor might bring bad luck upon herself, and so gave her
the set which she owned, and instructed her in the proper
(safe) way to store them. Elinor was careful to follow the
instructions.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Keyword(s): occult, magic, precaution

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 00001960S

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On Halloween night, put a bucket of sand or a broom
outside your door. If a soul comes by and wants to
harm you, it will have to count every grain of sand
or broom bristle first. By the time that the spirit
has done this, it would be daytime and it would have
to go back where it came from.

Submitter comment: This story was told to Maryann by her Italian father,
who heard it from his grandfather.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Keyword(s): ghost, precaution, All Souls' Day

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection

Date learned: 00001930S

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"One day two brothers were fighting and beating each
other up, almost killing each other. The neighbor saw
it and moved in to try and stop the fight. The brothers
stopped fighting and beat up the neighbor, then they went
back to fighting. Lesson: Mind your own business and
keep out of family fights."

Submitter comment: This is a verbatim account from Maryann Leisner which
retells a story her father learned from old (Italian)
relatives.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Keyword(s): Fable, function, cautionary tale, warning

James Callow Keyword(s): Dramatic Irony ; Peacemaker

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001930S

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

MEASURE SEVEN TIMES TO CUT ONCE.

Where learned: WESTERN RUSSIA

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; CAUTION ; CONTRAST

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001898-1905

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