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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT IS RAINING, THE DEVIL IS WHIPPING
HIS WIFE WITH A RIN PAN.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; HUNTSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): DEVIL BEATING HIS WIFE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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IF YOU HAVE A WISHBONE, BREAK IT WITH SOMEONE ELSE AND THE
PERSON WITH THE SHORTER END GETS A WISH, WHILE THE ONE WITH
THE OTHER END GETS MARRIED FIRST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CHICKEN FO ; EATING DINING DINNER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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NOT GIVEN

THE LONGER I CHEWED, THE BIGGER IT GOT.

Submitter comment: REFERRING TO SOMETHING WHICH IS BEING CHEWED SUCH AS A
PIECE OF TOUGH MEAT:

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; WELSH

Keyword(s): EATING FOOD

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SOORACKS

"SOORACKS" WAS A WORKING MAN OF VERY CLEAN HABITS WHO
LIVED IN THE EAST END OF DUNDEE, SCOTLAND, ABOUT 100
YEARS AGO. HE WOULD COME INTO TOWN EVERY TUESDAY AND
FRIDAY WITH A BASKET SUSPENDED FROM HIS NECK WITH A
SUPPLY OF WATER AND "SOORACKS." WHEN HE HAD GATHERED
AN AUDIENCE, HE GAVE A SHORT LECTURE ON THE HARMFUL
CONSUMPTION OF RED MEAT AND THEN DISTRIBUTED HIS
VEGETABLES AMONG THE BOYS AND GIRLS. NO PAYMENT WAS
ASKED FOR. "SOORACKS" WAS AN EARLY PIONEER OF
VEGETARIANISM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SCOTLAND ; DUNDEE

Keyword(s): EATING HABITS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 01-28-1971

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SOORACKS

"SOORACKS" WAS A WORKING MAN OF VERY CLEAN HABITS WHO
LIVED IN THE EAST END OF DUNDEE, SCOTLAND, ABOUT 100
YEARS AGO. HE WOULD COME INTO TOWN EVERY TUESDAY AND
FRIDAY WITH A BASKET SUSPENDED FROM HIS NECK WITH A
SUPPLY OF WATER AND "SOORACKS." WHEN HE HAD GATHERED
AN AUDIENCE, HE GAVE A SHORT LECTURE ON THE HARMFUL
CONSUMPTION OF RED MEAT AND THEN DISTRIBUTED HIS
VEGETABLES AMONG THE BOYS AND GIRLS. NO PAYMENT WAS
ASKED FOR. "SOORACKS" WAS AN EARLY PIONEER OF
VEGETARIANISM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SCOTLAND ; DUNDEE

Keyword(s): EATING HABITS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 01-28-1971 ; 00-00-1871

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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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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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Proverb

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Consume ; COOK ; COOKING ; Eat ; EATING ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; Proof ; PROVERB ; Pudding ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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