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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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PROVERB

CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS.

Submitter comment: FROM - UNCERTAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): COMPARISON

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001964 (SUMMER)

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PROVERB

CLEAR AS MUD.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): COMPARISON

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

NO GUTS, NO GLORY

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

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; BRAVERY ; OBSERVATION

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

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PROVERB

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE SELDOM FOUND IN WOMEN AND NEVER FOUND IN MEN

Where learned: DEARBORN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; DEFINITION ; OBSERVATION ; SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 01-21-1970

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PROVERB

PENANCE AND MATRIMONY ARE THE SAME

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P545.0
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT. SOME ARE VERY APPEALING-
OTHERS VERY APPALLING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT WHEN SHE FEELS UPSET SHE REMEMBERS
THIS. INFORMANT ADDED THAT SHE FEELS THAT EVERYONE SHOULD
REMEMBER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; FUNCTION ; SEMANTICS

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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ARABIAN SAYING

A PERSIAN (LIGHT-SKINNED) IS THE SAME AS AN ARABIAN (DARK-
SKINNED), JUDGE HIM ON WHAT HE DOES.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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CONTEST

HE HAS AS MUCH CHANCE AS A ONE LEGGED MAN IN AN ASS-KICKIN.

Submitter comment: USUALLY SAID WHEN YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE ENTERING SOME TYPE OF
COMPETITIVE EVENT, AND HE DOESN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUTILITY ; SIMILE COMPARISON

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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SPEED

HE'S NOT AS FAST AS THE BOTTOM STONE IN THE MILL.

Submitter comment: NOT TOO FAST
TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HONORS HOUSE ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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EXPRESSIONS OF UGLINESS

HE IS AS UGLY AS: "AN OLD FENCE POST." "A MUD POST." "A HOMEMADE
FENCE." "HOMEMADE SIN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SIMILE COMPARISON CONTRAST UGLINESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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MARCH

IF MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION, IT GOES OUT LIKE A LAMB.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): ANIMAL COMPARISON ; CONTRAST. ; WEATHER.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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MARCH

IF MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION IT GOES OUT LIKE A LAMB.
IF MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LAMB IT GOES OUT LIKE A LION.

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

Keyword(s): ANIMAL COMPARISON ; CONTRAST. ; WEATHER.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

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PROVERBIAL SAYING

LAY DOWN WITH THE DOGS AND GET UP WITH THE FLEAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): ANIMAL COMPARISON ; COMPANIONS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

PIGS LIKE PUMPKIN
HOGS LIKE SQUASH
I LOVE YOU
I DO) BY GOSH)

Submitter comment: ENTRY DATED 05191931 IN ALBERTA LARABELL'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK IN DETROIT
1930-33

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; COMPARISON ; DECLARATION OF LOVE ; FOOD ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

THOUGH YOUR TASKS ARE MANY
AND YOUR REWARDS ARE FEW
REMEMBER THAT THE MIGHTY OAK
WAS ONCE A NUT LIKE YOU}

Submitter comment: ENTRY DATED MARCH 8, 1962

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; PUN: ON NUT ; QUATRAIN ; SIMILE: COMPARISON TO A NUT. ; SURPRISE ENDING

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; INSULT ; METER: ; SLANG--NUT ; UNREWARDED EFFORT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 03-08-1962

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MY EYES ARE BIGGER THAN MY STOMACH.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): APPETITE ; COMPARISON ; EATING ; METONYMY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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THE FACE

HIS FACE LOOKS LIKE THE SOUTH END (SIDE) OF A HORSE GOING NORTH.

Submitter comment: YOU CAN USE THIS RETORT ANYTIME SOMEONE IS BRAGGING OR PUTTING
SOMEONE ELSE DOWN AND YOU WANT HIM TO KNOW HE HAS NOTHING TO TALK
ABOUT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL COMPARISON ; EUPHEMISM FOR RUMP OF HORSE ; INSULT UGLINESS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-25-1971

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LOOKING IN CORNERS

WHEN SOME PERSON YOU KNOW IS CONSTANTLY SNOOPING AROUND YOU CAN SAY
"ONLY MONKEYS LOOK IN CORNERS."
WHEN YOU WRITE A LETTER OR A NOTE YOU CAN WRITE "ONLY MONKEYS LOOK
IN CORNERS."

Submitter comment: THESE TWO GO TOGETHER BECAUSE OFTEN PEOPLE LOOK FOR MISTAKES IN
LETTERS THEY RECEIVE AND BY PUTTING THE PHRASE IN ONE OF THE CORNERS
YOU ARE SAYING THAT THE PERSON SHOULD ENJOY THE LETTER AND NOT LOOK
FOR MISTAKES. THIS IS A COMMON PRACTICE FOR THE INFORMANT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): ANIMAL COMPARISON

James Callow Keyword(s): PARA-RIME: BUY BE ; TREATING TO DRINKS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 01-24-1971

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Proverbial Comparison

Is it clear now?

"Oh yes, Clear as mud."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. replaced wtih current classification

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; SARCASM ; SIMILE ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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