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PROVERB

I FRYKO MEDALEKO BTTADE BID IFRINKO (RUSSIAN)
THIS MEANS:
AN APPLE WON'T FALL FAR FROM ITS TREE, AND IS SIMILAR
TO THE AMERICAN 'LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON.'

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED THIS INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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MORAL PROVERB

AS DELICIOUS AS NINE HONEYS.
PRIEZ ADSIAI (LITHUANIAN)

Submitter comment: ONE HONEY IS DELICIOUS BY ITSELF BUT CAN YOU IMAGINE NINE OF THEM?
TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Data entry tech comment: CATHERINE, YOU'RE A HONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; INSECT ; NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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SMASHED

AS FLAT AS A PANCAKE

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): SHAPE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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NOT TOO QUICK

AS SLOW AS MOLLASSES IN JANUARY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; FOOD ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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PROVERB

AS YOU WANDER THROUGH LIFE MY FRIEND
WHATEVER BE YOUR GOAL
KEEP YOUR EYE UPON THE DOUGHNUT
AND NOT UPON THE HOLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; OPTIMISM, NOT PESSIMISM ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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PROVERB

A BAGEL A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY. (IF YOU'RE A GOOD SHOT WITH A
BAGEL.)

Submitter comment: THIS CAME FROM A GOOD FRIEND. HE WAS THE ONLY CATHOLIC JEW I
EVER MET.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; RHYME

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 05-22-1965

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PROVERB

BEER ON WHISKY, PRETTY RISKY,
WHISKY ON BEER, NEVER FEAR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS PROVERB FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PARADOX ; RHYME

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

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GERMAN PROVERB

BEER AFTER WINE IS VERY FINE;
WINE AFTER BEER, OH DEAR.
BIER AUF WEIN, SCHMECHT UNS FEIN. (GERMAN)
WEIN AUF BIER, GERADE DIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; DRINKING ; ELLIPSIS ; RHYME

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

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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CONFUCIUS SAY

CONFUCIUS SAY: WOMAN WHO COOKS CARROTS AND PEAS IN THE SAME POT
IS UNSANITARY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY ; PUN ; URINE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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CORN

CORN IS KNEE-HIGH BY THE 4TH OF JULY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; RHYME ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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PROVERB

CRY OVER SPILT MILK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERB

ROGGENBROT MACHT WAGEN ROT. (GERMAN)
DARK BREAD MAKES YOUR CHEEKS RED. (TRANSLATION)

Submitter comment: GERMAN PEASANTS PREFER DARK BREAD. INFORMANT SAYS THIS IS A VERY
OLD PEASANT SAYING THAT SHE HAS SEEN IN REGENSBERG, GERMANY, PAINTED
ON A BOARD AND HUNG ON THE WALLS OF FARMHOUSES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; FOOD

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

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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WELLERISM

'DESPONDENT DRAGONS NEVER EAT LITHUANIAN BREAD,' SAID THE
LITHUANIAN BAKER AS HE LOAFED IN THE DRAGON'S MOUTH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES THIS PROVERB COMES FROM THE MURKY RECESSES OF
A DISTURBED MIND AND IS, THEREFORE, UNRELIABLE.

Data entry tech comment: KEYPUNCHER SUSPECTS THIS PROVERB.

James Callow comment: KEYPUNCHER'S JOKE, NO DOUBT

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; FOOD ; PUN ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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CHICKENS

DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THE EGGS HATCH.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD ; FOOD

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-12-1972

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PROVERB

DONT CRY OVER SPILLED MILK.

Submitter comment: FROM MY MOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

DON'T CRY OVER SPILT MILK.

Submitter comment: FORGET ABOUT ANYTHING LOST IN THE PAST - IT WON'T BRING IT BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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ITALIAN PROVERB

DON'T CRY OVER SPILLED OIL

Data entry tech comment: ITALIAN VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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PROVERB

DON'T PROMISE PEARS ON A WEEPING WILLOW TREE. (TRANSLATION)
GRUSZKI NA UREIZBIE OBIECYWAI. (POLISH)

Where learned: COLLECTED BY LETTER

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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PROVERB

DON'T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET.

Submitter comment: AS A CHILD

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): FOOD

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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PROVERB

DON'T SAVE YOUR WORK FOR TOMORROW, BUT YOUR BREAD.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANAIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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