RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME BLACKBOARD MY UDMERCY
RESEARCH HOME / FIND / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS / THE JAMES T. CALLOW FOLKLORE ARCHIVE /
James Callow Folklore Archive

Collection Home

About Dr. James T. Callow

Dr. James T. Callow publications

Collectors

Browse by

Subject heading

Keyword

Location

Questions or comments on this site? Please email davidsor@udmercy.edu.

The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

search for

Content filter is on

Your search for Expression returned 17 results.

showing 17 items

EXPRESSIONS OF ANGER

I HEARD THE COLORED LABORERS OF THE CITY OF DETROIT
USE THE EXPRESSION PUT THE SCREAMS ON, TO MEAN A BAWLING OUT
GIVEN ONE PERSON BY ANOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; NEGRO EXPRESSION ; REPRIMAND

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 08-10-1964

View just this record

Language

Slang Expressions:

Op Yop Talk. It's a slang expression which I recently learned. All the letters of the alphabet except the vowels (a,e,i,o,u) and you put an OP at the end of the letter. Such as: STOP - you would say in Op Talk: Sop Top O Pop

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Language ; SECRET ; SLANG ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary

James Callow Keyword(s): Slang Expressions

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

View just this record

Expression

Busy as a one-armed coathanger.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. replaced with current classification.

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Expression ; Language ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

View just this record

Expression

Proverbial Comparison:

Like a bull in a china shop

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Bull ; China ; Clumsy ; Expression ; Graceful ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Shop ; SIMILE ; Store ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

View just this record

Expression

Gesundheit and God Bless You when you sneeze.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Expressions ; GERMAN ; Gezundheit ; God Bless ; Language ; SNEEZE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

View just this record

Expression

To Feather Your Nest means to make your life comfortable.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): Comfortable ; Expression ; Feather ; Language ; LIFE ; Nest ; SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

View just this record

Expression

Get down off your high horse.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; Expression ; HORSE ; Language ; Saying ; Snobbery

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

View just this record

Expression

Rob Peter to pay Paul

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL ; Expression ; Language ; Make Ends Meet ; Paul ; Peter ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

View just this record

Expression

Once in a blue moon.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Blue ; Expression ; Language ; METAPHOR ; MOON ; Rarely ; Saying ; SIMILE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

View just this record

Expression

To beat the tar out of someone means to beat them up

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): Beat ; EUPHEMISM ; Expression ; Injure ; Language ; Saying ; Tar ; VIOLENCE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

View just this record

Expression

"go off half-cocked" means to do something on impulse

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Expression ; Half-cocked ; Heated ; Impulse ; Language ; Saying ; TEMPER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

View just this record

Expression

"Wet behind the ears" means inexperienced

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): EARS ; EUPHEMISM ; Expression ; Inexperienced ; Language ; Newcomer ; Rookie ; Saying ; Wet

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

View just this record

Expression

"To fly off the handle" means to lose your temper.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): Expression ; Fly ; Handle ; Language ; Lose ; Saying ; TEMPER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

View just this record

Expression

Paint the town red, or, go out on the town.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): COLOR ; Entertainment ; Expression ; Language ; Out ; Paint ; Red ; Saying ; Term ; Town

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

View just this record

Verse

Worry:

Mama mia (means my mother)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S550] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Expression ; Italian ; MOTHER ; Term ; Worry

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

View just this record

Taunt

Drop Dead!

Go play sea hunt in the toilet!

Submitter comment:

Can't remember.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

T?

Keyword(s): Dead ; Drop ; Expression ; INSULT ; INSULT ; Play ; SEA ; TAUNT ; Term ; Toilet

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

View just this record

Saying

See you later alligator.
In a while, Crocodile
Not too soon, baboon.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S550, S57] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Alligator ; Baboon ; Crocodile ; Expression ; SLANG ; Term

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

View just this record

showing 17 items

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
This site is endorsed by the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and supports the views, values, and mission of UDM. The University of Detroit Mercy web site provides links to other web sites, both public and private, for informational purposes. The inclusion of these links on UDM's site does not imply endorsement by the University. Please contact the Instructional Design Studio for any questions regarding this web site.