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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

YOUR EYES WERE BIGGER THAN YOUR STOMACH.

Submitter comment: OFTEN USED BY MY MOTHER AFTER WE HAD GONE THROUGH A CAFETERIA
LINE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): OVERESTIMATE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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RIDDLE

WHAT ANIMAL HAS EYES THAT CANNOT SEE, LEGS THAT CANNOT
MOVE, BUT CAN JUMP AS HIGH AS THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING?
-- A WOODEN HORSE (THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING CAN'T JUMP)

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): WOOD INANIMATE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-29-1967

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Belief: Animal

How to catch a Monkey:

The way to catch a monkey is to take a cocnut and druill a hole with a one inch diameter into it. Hollow out the coconut and fill it with nuts, and place it in a tree. A monkey will come and stick his hand in the hold to grab the nuts because of his greed. In fact, even when the monkey is caught, the coconut will have to be cracked from around the monkey's hand.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B600] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Bait ; CATCH ; Coconut ; FOOD ; Monkey ; NUTS ; Primate ; Trap ; TRICK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Proverb

Pierre qui roule n'amasse pas mousse.

[A rolling stone gathers no moss]

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Trans. by Mrs. K.J. Uniechowski

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Busy ; FRENCH ; Language ; LAZY ; METAPHOR ; Moss ; Rolling ; Sedentary ; STONE

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMATED NATURE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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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Language

"Hatching Jacket" is a maternity dress or top.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; DRESS ; Hatching ; Jacket ; Language ; Maternity ; PREGNANCY ; SLANG ; Top ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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Greetings

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Greeting an Intimate:

Among Negro adolescents of Detroit, greetings of "Hello, Momma," and "Hello, Daddy," exchanged between a boy and a girl indicate that they are sexually intimate. HOwever, a boy greeting a girl as "Hello, Momma" as a proposition is likely to get swatted with a purse.

Submitter comment:

The informant observed this while teaching in the Detroit Public School system.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

T?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Daddy ; Detroit ; GREETING ; Innuendo ; Intimate ; Momma ; PROPOSITION ; Sexuality ; SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
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Saying

"That's Tits" means 'I definitely approve." This saying can be applied to anything animate or inanimate.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Animate ; Approval ; Approve ; Inanimate ; Language ; Saying ; SLANG ; Tits

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
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COURTSHIP BELIEF

IF YOUR SLIP IS HANGING, IT MEANS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BOYFRIEND.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT DIDN'T REMEMBER SOURCE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Boyfriend ; COURTSHIP ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; Mate ; SIGN ; Single ; SLIP ; SYMBOL ; Woman

Subject headings: Custom
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 06-29-1964

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