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THE CLOCK OF LIFE IS WOUND BUT ONCE,
AND NO MAN HAS THE POWER
TO TELL JUST WHERE THE HANDS WILL STOP,
AT LATE OR EARLY HOUR.
TO LOSE ONE'S WEALTH, IS SAD INDEED,
TO LOSE ONE'S HEALTH IS MORE;
TO LOSE ONE'S SOUL IS SUCH A LOSS,
AS NO MAN CAN RESTORE.
THE PRESENT ONLY IS OUR OWN,
LIVE, LOVE, TOIL WITH A WILL--
PLACE NO FAITH IN "TOMORROW" FOR
THE CLOCK MAY THEN BE STILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE, PREPARATION FOR DEATH ; FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; METER: IAMBIC ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCA ; SYMBOL METONYMY RELIGION TIME

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

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THERE WAS A GIRL YOU COULD TICKLE,
BY POKING HER RIBS WITH A PICKLE.
AT A CHURCH FAIR ONE DAY,
THEY MADE THE BOYS PAY,
BY CHARGING A NICKEL A TICKLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER UNCLE, WHO WAS A MINISTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; HUMOR CHILDREN MONEY ; METER: TROCHAIC ; METONYMY ; RHYME: FEMININE, INTERNAL, AABBA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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LOOK NOT (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

LOOK NOT FOR THE BEAUTY/ NOR WHITENESS OF THE SKIN.
BUT LOOK FOR THE HEART/ THAT IS LOYAL WITHIN.

FOR BEAUTY MAY FADE/ AND SKIN GROW OLD,
BUT THE HEART THAT IS LOYAL,/ WILL NEVER GROW OLD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE QUATRAIN ; METONYMY ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING,/ AND ON EARTH NO MORE YOU TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN,/ IN THE ANNALS OF GOD.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): DEATH HEAVEN ; METONYMY: NAME ; RELIGION QUATRAIN ; RHYME ABCB ; SALVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

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THE FEET OF A STRANGER ARE SMALL

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WILL TELL THIS TO A THIRD PARTY WHO STICKS HIS MOUTH
INTO AN ARGUMENT THAT DOES NOT AFFECT HIM.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): BUTTING IN MEDDLE ; INTERRUPTS ; METONYMY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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RETORT

WHEN SOMEONE HAS CALLED YOU A DIRTY OR A NASTY NAME, YOU ARE TO
RETORT WITH "I KNOW YOU ARE BUT WHAT AM I?"

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT, MY YOUNGER SISTER, SAYS THIS IS A VERY GOOD WAY TO
KEEP BIG MOUTHS AWAY BECAUSE THIS RETORT HAS A CIRCULAR MOTION
TO IT, AND YOU COULD KEEP SAYING IT ALL DAY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): METONYMY: BIG MOUTH FOR OFFENSIVE TALKER ; SLANG: BIG MOUTH FOR OFFENSIVE TALKER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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THE HAND IS QUICKER THAN THE EYE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS EXPRESSION USED AT A CARNIVAL IN 1928

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): METONYMY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-27-72

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

A PROMISE IS A CRAZY MAN'S DREAM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER BOYFRIEND WHO IS SLOVAK.
HE 'LL SAY THIS PROVERB OCCASIONALLY IN SLOVAK (SIC) .

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METONYMY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-20-1971

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SAYING

A PROMISE IS A CRAZY MAN'S JOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METONYMY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

A PROMISE IS WORTH MORE THAN MONEY.

Where learned: WESTERN RUSSIA

Keyword(s): METONYMY

James Callow Keyword(s): ECONOMY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERB

TRANSLATION PROMISES, FLATTERIES.. A FOOL'S DELIGHT.

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS POLISH TEXT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METONYMY

James Callow Keyword(s): HIPOCRISY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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THE FOLLOWING VERSE WAS USED AS A TEASE BY SCHOOL CHILDREN:
"(NAME OF BOY) AND (NAME OF GIRL)
SITTING IN A TREE
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
FIST COMES LOVE
THEN COMES MARRIAGE
THEN COMES (NAME OF BOY OR GIRL) WITH A BABY CARRIAGE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; IRREGULAR RHYME ; METONYMY ; OBSERVATION

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

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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ON HOLY SATURDAY FOOD IS BROUGHT TO BE BLESSED AT THE CHURCHES
IN GERMANY. THE FARMERS HAVE A CUSTOM OF USING SOME OF THE BLESSED
PALM WHICH THEY GOT FROM THE CHURCH ON PALM SUNDAY ( , ) ALONG WITH
SOME SHELLS OF THE BLESSED EGGS FROM THE BLESSING OF THE FOOD, AND
PLACE IT IN THE FOUR CORNERS OF THEIR CROP FIELDS AND PRAY THE ROSARY
AND SPRINKLE HOLY WATER AS THEY PRAY FOR A GOOD CROP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METONYMY: FOUR CORNERS ; SWIECZONKA ; WATER

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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CHILDREN'S SONGS

CHORUS: FUZZY WUZZY WAS A GUY.
LOOKED LIKE A HAWK WITH AN EAGLE'S EYE.
FOOLING PEOPLE WAS HIS NAME.
FUZZY WUZZY WAS THE OLD GUY'S NAME.

1ST VERSE: OLD KING COLE WAS A MERRY OLD SOLE.
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON A TELEPHONE POLE.
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON A TELEPHONE POLE.
ONE FOOT SLIPPED; THE OTHER ONE FELL.
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN HE WENT TO HELL.
CHORUS

2ND VERSE: FUZZY WUZZY HAD BIG FEET.
SPREAD ALL OVER MARKET STREET.
MARKET STREET WAS MADE OF GLASS
FUZZY WUZZY FELL DOWN AND BROKE HIS . . .
CHORUS

3RD VERSE: WAY DOWN YONDER WHERE THE GRASS GROWS GREEN.
FROG JUMPED INTO A SEWING MACHINE.
SEWING MACHINE WAS GOING SO FAST
NINETY-NINE STICHES UP HIS . . .
CHORUS

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): CACOGRAPHY: SOLE FOR SOUL ; ELLIPSIS ; EUPHEMISM FOR ASS ; METONYMY: SOUL OR SOLE FOR ENTIRE PERSON, BODY, ETC.

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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HALF A LOAF IS BETTER THAN NONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD (BREAD) METAPHOR ; METONYMY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-20-1965

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THE HAND IS QUICKER THAN THE EYE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS EXPRESSION USED
AT A CARNIVAL IN 1928.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): METONYMY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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THE HAND OF GOD IS NEARER THAN THE DOOR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METONYMY ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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A HEAD THAT DOES NOT THINK, BECOMES BALD

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): METONYMY

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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LOVE

CEPRIE RUE CRYRA, RUE ZRAE XNO NARC.
THE HEART IS NOT A SLAVE, IT DOESN'T KNOW ANY MASTER,

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.
PROVERB REFERS TO LOVE AND EMOTIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METAPHOR OBSERVATION EMOTION ; METONYMY ; PERSONIFICATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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DRINK

HE'S ALWAYS AT THE BOTTLE

Submitter comment: HE ALWAYS DRINKS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Keyword(s): METONYMY: CONTAINER FOR THE CONTAINED. ; PHRASE METAPHOR DRINKING HABITS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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