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PROVERB

DON'T PUT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY - IF YOU LIKE IT,
YOU CAN ALWAYS DO IT AGAIN TOMORROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CARPE DIEM ; PARODY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LUCK

A DONKEY DOESN'T DIE EVERY DAY. (TRANSLATION
NO TODOS LOS DIOS SE MUERE UN BURRO. (SPANISH)

Submitter comment: A MEXICAN SAYING. INFORMANT QUOTED THIS TO ME WHEN SHE WAS KIDDED
ABOUT BEING PRAISED BY THE BOSS AT WORK FOR DOING SOMETHING
ESPECIALLY WELL. IT MEANS SOMETHDING LIKE: IT WAS JUST A GOOD

Where learned: MEXICAN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): LITERALLY: NOT EVERY DAY A DONKEY DIES

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BEST DAY

THE BEST DAY IS TODAY.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER BELIEVES IN LIVING EACH DAY TO ITS FULLEST. HE HAS
TOLD ME THIS PROVERB MANY TIMES.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): CARPE DIEM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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PROVERB IN VERSE

CHEW, CHEW, CHEW YOUR FOOD
GENTLY THROUGH THE MEAL,
THE MORE YOU CHEW,
THE LESS YOU EAT,
THE BETTER YOU WILL FEEL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CHARLOTTE

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; DIET ; PARODY ON ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY, FOR TOMORROW YOU MAY DIE.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; CARPE DIEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ONE WHO DOESN'T LISTEN TO HIS PARENTS LISTENS TO THE DOG SKIN

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM THE POLISH
DOG SKIN MEANS , LOWERS HIS OWN DIGNITY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; DISCIPLINE ; OBEDIENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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PROVERB IN VERSE

OURS IS NOT TO REASON WHY
OURS IS BUT TO DO OR DIE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MILITARY ; OBEDIENCE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CUSTOM

WHEN WALKING ALONG A STREET, IT IS PROPER ETIQUETTE FOR THE MAN TO
WALK ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE LADY. THIS ORIGINATED IN MEDIEVAL
TIMES WHEN IT WAS PROPER FOR THE WOMAN TO WALK ON THE SIDE THAT
WOULD ALLOW THE MAN'S SWORD ARM TO BE FREE _ TO DEFEND THE YOUNG
LADY.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; NORTH PLAINFIELD

Keyword(s): STREET MEDIEVAL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001960S

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HOME REMEDIES

CONSTIPATION
GATHER THE ROOTS OF MAYAPPLE,
CUT OUT THE JOINTS, AND DRY THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOT.
PLACE IN A CLOTH AND BEAT TO A POWDER.
ADD A FEW DROPS OF CASTOR OIL AND ROLL INTO PILLS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): BOWEL HABITS ; HERBAL REMEDIES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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A GAMBLER'S LESSON

FAR AWAY BY A RIVER, THERE WAS A LITTLE WHITE HOUSE IN WHICH THERE LIVED A FAMILY.
A FATHER, MOTHER, A BOY AND A GIRL. THEY HAD ONE PROBLEM, THEIR FATHER LIKED TO GAMBLE
AND DRINK. ALL OF A SUDDEN, THEIR MOTHER GOT VERY SICK. THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO SEND
HER TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THE FATHER GAMBLED EVERYTHING HE EARNED. THE MOTHER DIED. THE
GIRL WAS HELPING WITH EVERYTHING AROUND THE HOUSE AND THE BOY WAS TRYING TO EARN MONEY FOR
THE LIVING OF THE FAMILY. ONE DAY THE BOY WAS DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY. HE WAS ALWAYS WONDERING
HOW HIS SISTER WAS MANAGING AT HOME AND WAS ALWAYS VERY SAD. HIS ARMY BUDDY WAS ASKING HIM WHY
HE WAS SO SAD. HE TRIED TO HIDE THE ANSWER FROM HIM, BUT FINALLY TOLD HIM THAT HE HAD A BEAUTIFUL
SISTER WHO COULD NOT MANAGE THE HOME BECAUSE OF THE FATHER'S GAMBLING. HIS FRIEND PROMISED TO
HELP HIM DURING HIS NEXT FURLOUGH. HE WENT TO A THEATRE AND BOUGHT HIMSELF A DEVIL OUTFIT. WHEN
FURLOUGH TIME CAME, HE PUT THE OUTFIT ON, AND ON TOP OF IT, THE BEST SUIT THA HE COULD FIND.
WHEN THEY REACHED THE BOY'S HOME, THEY COULDN'T FIND THE BOY'S FATHER. THE SISTER TOLD HIM THAT
THEIR FATHER WAS A FEW MILES AWAY AT AN INN. THE BOY'S FRIEND WENT TO THE INN AND ASKED FOR THE MAN.
THE INNKEEPER TOLD HIM THAT HE WAS PLAYING CARDS IN THE CORNER. HE WENT OVER TO THE CORNER AND GREETED
THE GAMBLERS, ASKING PERMISSION TO JOIN THEM. THEY ACCEPTED HIM. HE WAS A VERY GOOD CARD PLAYER AND
STARTED TO WIN FROM THE BEGINNING. A FEW HOURS LATER, ONLY THE GIRL'S FATHER WAS LEFT IN THE GAME.
ALL THE OTHERS HAD STOPPED PLAYING BECAUSE THEY HAD LOST EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAD. THE GIRL'S FATHER
WAS LOSING ALSO. BY ELEVEN O'CLOCK, HE ASKED FOR ONE FREE HAND OF CARDS. HE HAD LOST EVERYTHING. THE
BOY GAVE IT TO HIM. IT ALSO WAS A LOSING HAND. THE MAN WANTED TO QUIT AND TOLD THE BOY THAT HE HAD NO
MONEY TO GAMBLE. THE BOY TOOK HIS GLOVES OFF. RED, LONG FINGERNAILS WERE STICKING OUT FROM HIS DEVIL'S
OUTFIT, AND WHEN HE REMOVED HIS HAT, LITTLE HORNS WERE STICKING OUT FROM HIS HAIR. HE SAID, "NOW WE ARE
GOING TO PLAY FOR YOUR SOUL. I WOULD LIKE TO WIN YOUR SOUL." THE MAN JUMPED UP AND STARTED TO RUN TOWARDS
HIS HOME. THE YOUNG MAN WAS PURSUING HIM. THERE WAS A CHURCH BY THE ROAD. THE MA RAN INTO IT. THE MAN TOOK
THE SEAT CLOSEST TO THE ALTAR. THE BOY, OUTSIDE THE CHURCH, WHISTLED HIS WAY TO HIS FRIEND'S HOME. THE MAN
WAITED TILL THE PRIEST CAME IN AND ASKED FOR CONFESSION. THE BOY RETURNED ALL THE WINNINGS TO HIS FRIEND AND
ASKED TO MARRY HIS SISTER. FROM THAT DAY ON, THEY WERE A VERY HAPPY FAMILY. THEIR FATHER DID NOT DRINK OR GAMBLE ANYMORE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS STORY AT AN EVENING OF FAMILY STORY TELLING I LUKOWA, POLAND.
HE LAUGHED QUITE A BIT WHEN DESCRIBING THE DEVIL AN THE EFFECT IT HAD ON THE GAMBLING FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; POLAND ; LUKOWA

James Callow Keyword(s): SOLDIER DISGUISED AS DEVIL REFORMS COMPULSIVE GAMBLER

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ordinary Tale
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

Date learned: 00-00-1934

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IF IT TOUCHES YOUR LIPS, IT GOES ON YOUR HIPS.

Submitter comment: THIS MEANS IF YOU EAT SOMETHING "FATTENING," YOU'LL GAIN
WEIGHT IN YOUR HIP AREA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIET ; METONYMY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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To cure a sore throat or a cold, sulphur powder
was placed on a feather. The feather was placed
in the back of the throat and the person administering
the treatment would blow the sulphur onto the throat.

Submitter comment: Mrs. Wolf's mother routinely used this procedure when
she was growing up.

Where learned: OHIO ; Hicksville

Keyword(s): Remedies, Medicine

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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On the feast of St. Barbara (Dec.4), artillerymen wear
red socks.

Submitter comment: Ray was not sure how this custom came into being, but says
that St. Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen. Perhaps
because she is the saint to be prayed to for protection from
lightening and fire, the artillerymen feel that she has an
affinity with the explosive power of their weapons.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Keyword(s): Military, soldiers

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

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When eating your favorite dessert loaded with calories,
remember, a minute on the lip is worth tons on the hip.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Weight Diet Dieting

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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HOT TOTTIES AND ROCK CANDY RELIEVE A COUGH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): TODDIES TODDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-24-1977

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ORDINARY FOLKTALE

A GIRL WANTED TO GO TO A DANCE, BUT HER PARENTS REFUSED
TO LET HER GO. THAT NIGHT SHE SNEAKED OUT HER WINDOW
AND WENT ANYWAY. AT THE DANCE SHE WAS DANCING WITH A
HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WHEN SHE HAPPENED TO GLANCE DOWN AT
HIS FEET. THEY WERE CLOVEN HOOVES!!

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER. DEVIL HAS CLOVEN HOOVES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEVIL SATAN DISOBEDIENCE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ordinary Tale

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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FOOD VERSE

A MOMENT ON THE LIPS,
FOREVER ON THE HIPS.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN OHIO DURING THE 1950'S

Where learned: OHIO ; Sylvania

James Callow Keyword(s): DIETING ; OVERWEIGHT ; WEIGHT-CONSCIOUSNESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001950S

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MAILMEN NEVER DIE, THEY JUST GET CANCER OF DE-LIVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARE: SOLDIERS NEVER DIE ; DELIVER FOR THE LIVER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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Custom

Cheer:

In the United States, it is customary to clap and whistle to show approval and to "boo" to show disapproval. But watching the Olympics, I noticed that some countries whistle to express disfavor.

Submitter comment:

I saw this in the hockey games.

Data entry tech comment:

motifs added by TRD

Where learned: SUMMER OLYMPICS

Keyword(s): Audience ; Boo ; CHEER ; Clap ; CUSTOM ; Olympics ; SPORTS ; Whistle

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Eat and Drink:

Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may die.

Submitter comment:

Read this in grade school

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Die ; DRINK ; Eat ; Enjoy ; Joy ; LIFE ; Merry ; TIME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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