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COMPARISON

AS GRACEFUL AS A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; DEFINITION ; HUMAN CREATION

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY CLUMSINESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS NERVOUS AS A CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; HUMAN CREATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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PROVERB

AS ONE TENDS HIS FENCE HE ALSO TENDS HIS FARM.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

Keyword(s): HUMAN CREATIONS

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH PROVERB

AS SKINNY AS A SAWHORSE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; DEFINITION ; HUMAN CREATIONS

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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FLEMISH PROVERB

AS THE CLOCK TICKS AT HOME, IT TICKS NOWHERE ELSE. ZOOALS HET KLOKJE THUIS TIKT, TIKT HET NERGENS. (FLEMISH)

Submitter comment: THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME WHEN HE WAS VISITING DETROIT, MICH. FROM BELGIUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN CREATIONS ; ONOMATOPEIA

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; OBSERVATION ; TIME FLIES WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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PROVERB

AT THE END OF A ROD GROWS A DEEP LOVE.

Submitter comment: PARENTS SPANK THEIR CHILDREN, TEACHERS WHIP THEIR PUPILS, AND
HUSBANDS SLAP THEIR WIVES IN LOVE. THE LOVED ONES KISS THE ROD AND
RETURN MORE LOVE WITH THANKS. (SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD.)

Where learned: KOREA ; SEOUL

Keyword(s): HUMAN CREATION

James Callow Keyword(s): DISCIPLINE ; OBSERVATION ; PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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INDIAN EXPRESSION

A BAMBOO FISH TRAP
IN INDIA, A WORLDLY MAN WOULD BE COMPARED TO 'A BAMBOO FISH TRAP.'

Submitter comment: THE IDEA IS THAT TO MAKE A BAMBOO FISH TRAP THE BAMBOO
MUST BE CARVED TO ADMIT
THE FISH AND PREVENT HIS ESCAPE. WHEN APPLIED TO A MAN,
THIS MEANS HE IS BENT TO THE WORLD AND ITS PLEASURES, RATHER THAN
STRAIGHT AND SEEKING THE INFINITE.

Data entry tech comment: BUDDHA WEEPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FISH ; HUMAN CREATION ; PLANT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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PREDICTION: AIRPLANES

IRON DEVILS IN THE SKY
BEFORE THERE WERE AIRPLANES PEOPLE USED TO SAY, 'IT WONT BE LONG
AND THERE WILL BE IRON DEVILS IN THE SKY.'

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS FROM HER FATHER WHO WAS COMMENTING ON WHAT
OTHER PEOPLE HAD THOUGHT ABOUT THE INVENTIONS BEING MADE AROUND THE
TURN OF THE CENTURY. OBVIOUSLY SOME PEOPLE WERE RATHER AGAINST SOME
OF THE INVENTIONS BEING MADE AT THAT TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN CREATIONS ; PROPHESY ; RELIGION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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PROVERB

THE BELL CALLS OTHERS TO CHURCH BUT ITSELF NEVER MINDS THE SERMON.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): ANIMATED NATURE ; HUMAN CREATIONS ; RELIGION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERB

DON'T CROSS THE BRIDGE BEFORE YOU COME TO IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN CREATIONS

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

BOX YOUR EARS IN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): HUMAN CREATIONS

James Callow Keyword(s): REFERS TO BEATING OR PUNCHING ; THREAT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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SAYING

THE CARPENTER'S DOOR IS BROKEN.

Submitter comment: MEANING FIX UP YOUR OWN BUSINESS BEFORE TRYING TO FIX OTHERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN CREATIONS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

A CHAIN IS ONLY AS STRONG AS ITS WEAKEST LINK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN CREATIONS

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Iron
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-24-1968

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

A CHAIR HAS A BACK BUT IT DOESN'T WEAR A COAT.

Submitter comment: MEANING HERE THAT MOST THINGS THAT DO HAVE A BACK ARE ABLE TO
WEAR A COAT. IT'S AN ATTEMPT AT PERSONIFICATION.
THIS WAS TOLD TO ME AT A DINNER I ATTENDED. I HEARD THIS USED AS A
RETORT RATHER THAN A RIDDLE, I.E. THAT'S LIKE THE ONE OF THE CHAIR
THAT HAS A BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; FUNCTION ; HUMAN CREATION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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A POLISH PROVERB

ZEGAR NIE JE, NIE PYE, A JEDNAK BYE. (POLISH)
TRANSLATION: A CLOCK NEITHER EATS, NOR DRINKS, AND YET HE GOES
ON TICKING.

Where learned: DEARBORN

Keyword(s): ANTHROPOMORPHISM ; HUMAN CREATIONS ; ONOMATOPEIA

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-21-1967

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STORY OF THE STORK

ONE DAY GOD GAVE A MAN A BAG TO CARRY BUT DIDN'T
TELL THE MAN WHAT WAS IN IT. HE TOLD THE MAN TO CARRY THIS BAG
TO A CERTAIN PLACE ON EARTH BUT NOT TO OPEN IT OR LOOK INSIDE.
SO THE MAN TOOK THE BAG BUT GOT CURIOUS AND OPENED IT AND OUT
CAME ALL KINDS OF SNAKES AND FROGS AND WATER ANIMALS.
GOD GOT MAD AND TURNED THE MAN INTO A STORK AND GAVE HIM A LONG
BILL AND LONG LEGS SO HE COULD GO IN SWAMPS AND
GATHER ALL THE ANIMALS HE SET FREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CREATION ; MYTH ; STORK ; WATER ANIMALS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Animal Life

Date learned: 04-07-1972

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FORMING MICHIGAN

ONE DAY THE INDIAN GOD WAS DRAWING THE VARIOUS LANDS ON THE GLOBE.
AND AS HE WAS TRACING ALONG, HE HAD TO LEAN ON THE LAND WITH HIS
OTHER HAND FOR SUPPORT. WELL, WHEN HE GOT DONE DRAWING AND HE
STOOD BACK TO LOOK AT HIS WORK, HE FOUND THAT HE HAD MADE A BIG
HAND PRINT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAND. WELL, THAT HAND PRINT
IS NOW THE STATE OF MICHIGAN.

Submitter comment:

THIS LEGEND WAS TOLD TO MY SISTER ONE DAY IN SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Keyword(s): CREATION ; ETYMOLOGY ; GEOGRAPHY ; INDIAN ; Legend ; Lore ; MICHIGAN ; Native American ; Origin

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Universe
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
BELIEF -- Creator

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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FORMING MICHIGAN

ONE DAY THE INDIAN GOD WAS DRAWING THE VARIOUS LANDS ON THE GLOBE.
AND AS HE WAS TRACING ALONG, HE HAD TO LEAN ON THE LAND WITH HIS
OTHER HAND FOR SUPPORT. WELL, WHEN HE GOT DONE DRAWING AND HE
STOOD BACK TO LOOK AT HIS WORK, HE FOUND THAT HE HAD MADE A BIG
HAND PRINT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAND. WELL, THAT HAND PRINT
IS NOW THE STATE OF MICHIGAN.

Submitter comment:

THIS LEGEND WAS TOLD TO MY SISTER ONE DAY IN SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Keyword(s): CREATION ; ETYMOLOGY ; GEOGRAPHY ; INDIAN ; Legend ; Lore ; MICHIGAN ; Native American ; Origin

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Universe
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
BELIEF -- Creator

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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FORMING MICHIGAN

ONE DAY THE INDIAN GOD WAS DRAWING THE VARIOUS LANDS ON THE GLOBE.
AND AS HE WAS TRACING ALONG, HE HAD TO LEAN ON THE LAND WITH HIS
OTHER HAND FOR SUPPORT. WELL, WHEN HE GOT DONE DRAWING AND HE
STOOD BACK TO LOOK AT HIS WORK, HE FOUND THAT HE HAD MADE A BIG
HAND PRINT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAND. WELL, THAT HAND PRINT
IS NOW THE STATE OF MICHIGAN.

Submitter comment:

THIS LEGEND WAS TOLD TO MY SISTER ONE DAY IN SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Keyword(s): CREATION ; ETYMOLOGY ; GEOGRAPHY ; INDIAN ; Legend ; Lore ; MICHIGAN ; Native American ; Origin

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Universe
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
BELIEF -- Creator

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH

OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, IS A
QUAINT LITTLE CHURCH LOCATED ON LANCASTER AVENUE AT 63RD STREET.
THE TRADITION AROUND THERE IS THAT THIS CHURCH WAS BUILT BY ALL
THE MAIDS OF THE SURROUNDING RICH FAMILIES (ALTHOUGH IT IS NO
LONGER A RICH SECTION). IT WAS TO BE JUST THEIR OWN LITTLE
CHURCH, BUT IT IS EVEN USED TODAY (AND BY EVERYBODY).

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING ; CREATION ; Legend ; Origin

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Holy placeChurchTemple

Date learned: 10-28-1968

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