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POT AND KETTLE EXPRESSION

THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK
IN A CASE WHERE ONE PERSON WHO CAN BE TERMED EQUALLY AS
CARELESS, STUBBORN, ETC. CALLS ANOTHER SUCH, IT CAN BE A CASE OF
THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION--I WONDER?--F. M. PAULSEN ; PERSONIFICATION

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; COOKING UTENSIL ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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THE POT FIGHTS WITH THE KETTLE BUT THEYRE BOTH BLACK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; COOKING UTENSIL ; HOSTILITY ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-23-1971

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THE POT MEETS ITS OWN COVER

THE POT ROLLED AND ROLLED UNTIL IT MET ITS OWN COVER.
IT IS SAID WHEN TWO PEOPLE THAT ARE VERY MUCH ALIKE GET MARRIED,
BECOME VERY GOOD FRIENDS, ESTABLISH A BUSINESS, OR ANY OTHER
KIND OF CLOSE RELATIONSHIP.
THE ABOVE CAN BE APPLIED TO EITHER SEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COOKING UTENSIL ; SYMBOL ; UNION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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