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HOW DO YOU FIT FOUR ELEPHANTS IN A VOLKSWAGEN?
TWO IN THE FRONT AND TWO IN THE BACK.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST IN SIZE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-01-971

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GUMPTION IN YOUR LITTLE FINGER

YOU HAVE MORE GUMPTION IN YOUR LITTLE FINGER THAN THE REST OF
THE BUNCH HAS IN THEIR WHOLE BODY. GUMPTION MEANS INCENTIVE
OR INITIATIVE. MAUREEN'S INFORMANT WAS IRENE LANNEN, HER
GRANDMA OF BOHEMIAN DESCENT

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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'IF EVER I CEASE TO LOVE '

DURING THE MARDI GRAS PERIOD, THE STREETS AND BUILDINGS ARE
GAILY DECORATED WITH THE OFFICIAL MARDI GRAS COLORS OF
PURPLE, GREEN, AND GOLD. THE MUSIC WHICH IS THE OFFICIAL
MARDI GRAS SONG IS 'IF EVER I CEASE TO LOVE'.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN INSTRUMENTAL. IT HAS THE QUALITY OF A MARCH.
EVEN THOUGH IT IS THE OFFICIAL MARDI GRAS SONG, MOST PEOPLE
DON'T LIKE IT. IT IS BORING, FORMAL AND IT LACKS LUSTER.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; CONTRAST

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras

Date learned: 02-11-1975

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

AGAINST THE VICE OF BEGGING, THERE IS THE VIRTUE OF NOT GIVING.
CONTRA EL VICIO DE PEDIR, HAY LA VIRTUO DE NO DAR. (SPANISH)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; IRONY ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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CHINESE PROVERB

ALL THE FLOWERS OF ALL THE TOMORROWS ARE IN THE SEEDS OF TODAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WEST SENECA

Keyword(s): PLANTS

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; DESTINY ; HEREDITY? ; ITERATION ; POTENTIAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ANYBODY CAN LOVE THE NICE AND GOOD PEOPLE; IT IS HARD TO LOVE THE
PETTY. (PARAPHRASED FROM MR. BLUE BY MYLES CONNOLY.)

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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PROVERB

AS LIFE, SO DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; IRONY

James Callow Keyword(s): INEVITABILITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERB

ASK ME NO QUESTIONS, AND I WILL TELL YOU NO LIES.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): HONESTY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

AS WET AS A FISH--AS DRY AS A BONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; FISH

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; CONTRAST

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PROVERB

BECOME OLD EARLY IF YOU WISH TO STAY OLD LONG.

Submitter comment: FROM A FELLOW WORKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PARADOX ; TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-15-1967

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LOVE

COLD HAND MEAN A WARM HEART.

Submitter comment: MARY LOU HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): AFFECTION ; CONFUSIAN PARODY ; CONTRAST

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-17-1967

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PROVERB

COLD HANDS, WARM HEART; WARM HANDS, COLD HEART.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): AFFECTION ; CONTRAST

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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PROVERB

CRY ON FRIDAY, LAUGH ON SUNDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; I SUPPOSE THIS HAS CHRISTIAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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PROVERB

HE IEMAU BUCAKO, DO BNAGEW SUZEKO.

Submitter comment: DON'T FLY HIGH, BECAUSE YOU'LL FALL LOW. (TRANSLATION)
REFERS MOSTLY TO
BRAGGING. INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM VARIOUS RELATIVES IN
UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; PARALLELISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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VERSE

BE NOT THE FIRST BY WHOM THE NEW IS TRIED
NOR THE LAST TO SET THE OLD ASIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

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

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

Date learned: 11-09-1969

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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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POLISH PROVERB

BETTER ARE BEANS AND CABBAGE AT HOME THAN A FAT DUCK ON THE BATTLE-
FIELD.
(TRANSLATION)
LEPSZA EV DOMU GROCH, KAPUSTA NIZ NA EVAJNIE KUNA TLUSTA. (POLISH)

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER REMEMBERS THIS FROM POLAND.

Data entry tech comment: SEE 5X8 CARD FOR POLISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-15-1967

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PROVERB

BETTER A WRONG OPINION THAN NONE AT ALL.

Submitter comment: READ IN A NEWSPAPER.

Data entry tech comment: NOT ALL PROVERBS ARE WISE.

Where learned: OHIO

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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PROVERB

BETTER BORN LUCKY THAN RICH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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