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TO PROTECT AGAINST HARM:( ITALIAN)

IN ITALY FISHERMEN HAVE A SPECIAL PRAYER
WHICH THEY SAY WHEN A HURRICANE OCCURS.
THE PRAYER IS SAID IN THE FACE OF THE STORM WHILE MAKING
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS TO "CUT THE TAIL OF THE STORM."
THE PECULAR ELEMENT IS THAT THIS PRAYER CAN NOT BE
LEARNED OR READ FOR THE FIRST TIME EXCEPT
ON AUGUST 14TH OR CHRISTMAS EVE. THE INFORMANT DID NOT KNOW THE
PRAYER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): PECULIAR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 14
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
BELIEF -- Prayer

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SMART ALECK RHYME

LIAR, LIAR, TWO BY FOUR
CAN'T GET THROUGH THE KITCHEN DOOR.
I LEARNED THIS WHEN I WAS YOUNG

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COUPLETS TAUNT LIAR

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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Retort

A) "You dance very well."

B) "I wish I could say the same about you."

A) "Oh, you could, if you were as big a fibber as I am!"

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James Callow comment:

Retort? Double A! A gives the punch line, not B.

The original Title [Smart Aleck Saying] has been crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; DANCE ; Fibber ; INSULT ; Liar ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Familiarity:

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Submitter comment:

Heard this in High School

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Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Contempt ; Familiar ; Knowledge ; Relationship ; Stranger ; Unknown

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Figures don't lie but Liars can figure.

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James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): Deduce ; Figure ; Liar ; Lie ; MATHEMATICS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Figures don't lie, but liars figure.

Submitter comment:

Given in math class.

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Cheat ; Figure ; Liar ; Lie ; Maxim ; NUMBERS ; Plan ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Familiarity breeds contempt.

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Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Breed ; Contempt ; Familiar ; HATE ; Intimate ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Figures don't lie, but liars do figure.

Submitter comment:

I was working on a project at Continental Aviation and Engineering when I was using a number of supposedly reliable figures - they were not accurate figures.

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James Callow comment:

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Figures ; Liar ; Lie ; Maxim ; NUMBERS ; Plan ; PLAY ON WORDS ; Plot ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Scheme ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Familiarity breeds contempt

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Contempt ; Familiar ; Familiarity ; Hatred ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Relationship ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Familiarity breeds contempt.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Breed ; Contempt ; Familiar ; Familiarity ; Hatred ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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WHEN ONE LIES, HIS TONGUE WILL TURN BLACK.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Black ; Liar ; Lie ; SUPERSTITION ; TONGUE

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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IF ONE FIBS, HIS EARS WILL FALL OFF.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Ear ; Fib ; Liar ; Lie ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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IF YOU LICK YOUR THUMB BEFORE YOU MAKE A SHOT IN POOL,
IT WILL BRING YOU GOOD LUCK WHILE SHOOTING.

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Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Billiards ; Cue ; CUSTOM ; GAMES ; Lick ; Pool ; Stick ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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