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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

AN OLD SAYING TO EXPRESS DISGUST OVER A NICE THING
BEING RUINED BY NEGLECT IS CALLED
PUTTING A TUXEDO ON A HOG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ANIMAL ; CLOTHING ; CONTRAST ; INCONGRUITY

James Callow Keyword(s): COVER UP: SURFACE DRESSING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-10-1968

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RETORT

IF MY DOG HAD A FACE LIKE YOURS I'D SHAVE HIS ASS AND MAKE HIM WALK
BACKWARDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Keyword(s): FACE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-0000

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Retort

What's wrong? Does your face hurt? It's killing me.

Submitter comment:

From his brother, Joe.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; FACE ; Hurt ; INSULT ; Kill ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

Does your face hurt? No? Well, it's killing me!

Submitter comment:

Heard it from a friend

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The original title [Jokes] has been crossed out. Replaced wtih current title.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; FACE ; Hurt ; INSULT ; Kill ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Polish Proverb:

Nie Wszystko Ztoto-co Sie Swieci

"All is not gold that glitters."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; ETHNIC ; Glitter ; Gold ; Maxim ; POLISH ; PROVERB ; Superficial ; Surface ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Still water runs deep.

Submitter comment:

Informant heard this in Kinde, MI

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Deep ; Depth ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Superficial ; Surface ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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THE RESPONDENT'S AUNT HAS A FISH SHAPED MOLE ON THE
RIGHT SIDE OF HER FACE, SUPPOSEDLY THERE BECAUSE HER
MOTHER, WHILE PREGNANT WITH HER, LOST A FISH OFF HER
HOOK, AND SLAPPED HER OWN CHEEK IN DISGUST.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Birthmark ; Caught ; Cheek ; FACE ; FISH ; HOOK ; LOST ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Slapped

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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