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PROVERB

THE CRUELEST LIES ARE OFTEN TOLD IN SILENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; IRONY

James Callow Keyword(s): PARADOX ; SIN OF OMISSION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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QUARRELS NEVER COULD LAST LONG IF ON ONE SIDE WERE ALL THE WRONG.

Data entry tech comment: RHYME

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP

James Callow Keyword(s): ADMISSION OF GUILT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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What did misissip? A Minnesota.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Mississippi

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00001960S

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IN ST. LOUIS, THE "VEILED PROPHET" HAS BECOME A LEGENDARY
FIGURE. ACCORDING TO THE LEGEND, THIS PROPHET OR KING
FROM A FAR-AWAY LAND VISITS EVERY YEAR THE FAIREST CITY IN
THE LAND (WHICH IS ALWAYS ST. LOUIS) AND THERE SELECTS HIS
QUEEN OF LOVE AND BEAUTY, WHO WILL REIGN WITH HIM FOR A
YEAR. IN REALITY, THE ANNUAL OCCASION IS A SOCIAL AFFAIR
AT WHICH THE DEBUTANTES ARE PRESENTED TO SOCIETY. BUT IT
IS CARRIED OUT WITH ALL THE SPLENDOR AND POMP BEFITTING
HIS ROYAL MAJESTY WHO APPEARS AT THE BALL IN ROYAL ROBES
AND WITH VEILED FACE ACCOMPANIED BY HIS PAGES, HERALDS
(WHO ANNOUNCE THE DEBUTANTES WHOSE NAMES, ESPECIALLY
THAT OF THE CHOSEN QUEEN, HAVE BEEN KEPT SECRET UNTIL THIS
SHINING HOUR), AND THE BENGAL LANCERS WHO FORM AN HONOR
GUARD FOR THE QUEEN.
THE DAY AFTER THE BALL, THE VEILED PROPHET, HIS QUEEN AND
HER COURT, RIDE THROUGH THE STREETS OF THE CITY IN THE
ANNUAL VEILED PROPHET PARADE, COMPLETE WITH FLOATS,
MARCHING BANDS, ETC.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PPARADE THE PROPHET "DISAPPEARS"
UNTIL HIS NEXT ANNUAL VISIT. (BUT SOMEHOW THE QUEEN
ALWAYS STAYS BEHIND TO PRESIDE AT ALL THE SOCIAL AFFAIRS OF
THE CITY.)

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival

Date learned: 04-08-1969

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Proverb

A miss is as good as a mile

Submitter comment:

Informant doesn't remember where she first heard it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Mile ; Miss ; SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Retort

"Doubting Thomas"

When someone tells you something which is hard to believe, a common reply is:

"I'm from Missouri - seeing is believing."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C870.570] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; INSULT ; Missouri ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

Political Speech:

"I'm from Missouri; You've got to show me."

...Missouri Congressman.

Submitter comment:

Denotes - One not easily Deceived.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S554] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

The question [Not a retort??] is written across the top of the card.

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; HUMOR ; Missouri ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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PROVERB

GOD BLESS YOU,
MAY THE ANGELS KISS YOU,
AND MAY THE DEVIL MISS YOU.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD 02-22-2011

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Angel ; Bless ; DEVIL ; FEMININE RHYME ; God ; KISS ; Miss ; WISH

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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Autograph Rhyme

Autograph rhyme;

Yours till the Mississippi wears rubber pants.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Mississippi ; Pants ; PUN ; RHYME ; River ; Rubber ; Signature ; VERSE

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

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Autograph Rhyme

Yours till the Mississippi runs dry.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Landmark ; Mississippi ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; River ; Signature ; WORD PLAY

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

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IN THE (MILITARY) ORDINANCE CORE, THE BRIDE AND GROOM
RIDE FROM THE CHURCH TO THE RECEPTION ON A MISSILE CARRIER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; MILITARY ; Missile ; tradition ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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