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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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SUPERSTITION: CENTIPEDES

IF A CENTIPEDE HAS A CHANCE TO COUNT YOUR TEETH, YOU WILL SOON
DIE.

Submitter comment: THUS CAUSING CHILDREN IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD TO KEEP THEIR LIPS FIRMLY
CLOSED WHILE IN COMPANY WITH THE ABUNDANT CENTIPEDES OF OUR WOODS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): MOUTH, INSECTS

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 03-23-1972

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Proverb

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Submitter comment:

Informant heard this in Detroit, MI

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The question [Proves what?] is written next to the collector comment.

Original BN [S570] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Appreciation ; COMEBACK ; Generous ; GIFT ; Grateful ; Greedy ; HORSE ; Mouth ; PROVERB ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; TEETH ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

IT IS BETTER TO KEEP THY MOUTH SHUT AND HAVE OTHERS THINK THAT YOU
ARE AN IMBECILE THAN TO OPEN IT AND ERASE ALL DOUBT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER TEACHER AT SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Fool ; HUMOR ; Mouth ; PROVERB ; WISDOM

James Callow Keyword(s): PROVERB

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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Retort

The only time you open your mouth is to change feet.

Submitter comment:

This is a sarcastic retort ised when a person has had a sarcastic remark directed towards them.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Taunt in Prose

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; FEET ; Foot ; INSULT ; Mouth ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Out of the mouths of babes.

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BABY ; Maxim ; Mouth ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; WISDOM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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Proverb

Out of the mouths of babes comes gems.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Babe ; Babes ; GEMS ; Maxim ; Mouth ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

It's better to keep silent and let people think you are stupid than to open your mouth and prove it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

You can't recall someone?

Where learned: J L HUDSONS

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; Mouth ; Proof ; PROVERB ; SILENCE ; Stupid ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Cup ; DRINKING ; Lip ; Maxim ; Mouth ; PROVERB ; SLIP ; TRUTH ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Even a fish wouldn't get caught if he kept his mouth closed.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V500] crossed out. Replaced With current classification.

Where learned: IRELAND ; BELFAST

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CATCH ; FISH ; Maxim ; Mouth ; PROVERB ; Trap ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A closed mouth catches no flies.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CATCH ; FLIES ; Maxim ; Mouth ; PROVERB ; Trap ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

When you are married and move down south,

Remember me and my big mouth.

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Married ; Mouth ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; South ; VERSE

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

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Joke

Elephant Joke

Question: What do you get when you cross an elephant with a jar of peanut butter?

Answer: An elephant that sticks to the roof of your mouth.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Television ; I Dream Of Jeannie

Keyword(s): ELEPHANT ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; Language ; Mouth ; Peanut Butter

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- W700

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Retort

If a person is called a big mouth by another big mouth he says "the donkey said that the rooster had a big head."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Annoying ; Big ; DONKEY ; HEAD ; Hypocrite ; INSULT ; Loud ; Mouth ; RETORT ; Rooster ; Saying

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

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