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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ABSENCE SHARPENS LOVE, PRESENCE STRENGTHENS IT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): VARIANT

James Callow Keyword(s): BALANCE ; OBSERVATION ; PARALLELISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-15-1965

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POLISH PROVERB

AN ACHING FINGER AND A HEADACHE ARE TYPICAL EXCUSES FOR
MISSING SCHOOL.
PALUSZEK I GLOWKA TO SZKOLNA WYMOWKA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN (POLISH)

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSENTEEISM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

Data entry tech comment: WHAT CAN I SAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PERSONIFICATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

AN ADULT IS ONE WHO SCOLDS HIS CHILDREN FOR ATTEMPTING TO ESCAPE
REALITY, WHILE HE ORDERS HIS THIRD MARTINI.

Data entry tech comment: SONNY ELIOT IS A LOCAL TV WEATHERMAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; HYPOCRISY ; LIQUOR ; OBSERVATION ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ADVICE IS ONE THING THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD RATHER GIVE THAN GET.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT MENTIONED THIS FACT A NUMBER OF TIMES DURING A RELIGIOUS
RETREAT HELD THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL ALMOST EVERY YEAR. HE WAS THE
ADVISOR OF MY GROUP IN MY SENIOR YEAR. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO
LISTEN TO THIS BIT OF WISDOM AT LEAST FIVES TIMES. PERHAPS HE WAS
TRYING TO PROVE THE POINT.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1966

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AFTER THE RAIN

AFTER THE DAYS OF UNPLEASANT WEATHER AND RAIN THE LORD BRINGS FORTH
DAYS OF SUNSHINE AND CHEER AGAIN. (ETTER REGN OCHOVADER, LATER
GUDATERIGEN SOLEN SKINA.)
SWEDISH

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS OLD SWEDISH PROVERB FROM OVER SIXTY
YEARS AGO. IT REFLECTS A BASIC RELIGIOUS FAITH IN GOD.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN: SWEDISH ; RELIGIOUS ; WEATHER SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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WEATHER PROVERB

AFTER THE FEAST OF ST. DOROTHY THE SHIRT WILL DRY ON THE FENCE.
PO SWIETEJ DOROCIE, WYSECHNIE KOSZULA NA PLOCIE. (POLISH)

Submitter comment: THIS MEANS THAT WARMER WEATHER AND SPRING WILL SOON BE HERE. THE
FEAST OF ST. DOROTHY IS FEBRUARY FOURTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 4
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE IN VERSE FORM

ALL ARE ARCHITECTS OF FATE,
WORKING IN THE WALLS OF TIME.
SOME WITH MASSIVE DEEDS OF GREAT,
SOME WITH ORNAMENTS OF RHYME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; OCCUPATIONS ; POETS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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METAPHOR

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ILLUSION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY.

James Callow comment: IT'S INTERESTING THAT STEVENSON LISTS THIS UNDER "JACK"
RATHER THAN "WORK" -- F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; NAME: JACK FOR MALE OR PERSON ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-29-1968

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK AND PLENTY OF IT.

Data entry tech comment: PARODY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS ; PUN ON JACK AS SLANG FOR MONEY.

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: ; FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY ; PUN: JACK FOR MONEY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK. JACK MEANS MONEY.

Submitter comment: MAUREEN'S INFORMANTS WERE BOTH HER FATHER EDWARD, OF IRISH AND
FRENCH DESCENT, AND HER MOTHER, PATRICIA, OF IRISH AND BOHEMIAN
DESCENT.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY ; PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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PROVERB

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JOHNNY A DULL BOY.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; FUNCTION ; JACK ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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SPANISH PROVERB

ALTHOUGH A GIRL IS DRESSED IN SILK, SHE REMAINS A GIRL.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER SPANISH TEACHER, MR. FARRELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PRETENTION?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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APOTHEGM

AMBITION: A BOY'S FUTURE; A MAN'S PAST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

AMBITION AND LOVE ARE THE WINGS TO GREAT DEEDS

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS IN NORWALK, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

AMBITION KILLED CAESAR.

Where learned: USS FRED T BERRY (DD-858)

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: ; CAESAR FOR POLITICIAN ; NAME SYMBOLISM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

AMONG THE BLIND, THE ONE-EYED MAN IS KING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EYESIGHT ; OBSERVATION ; RELATIVITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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APOTHEGM

ANGER IS NEVER WITHOUT A REASON BUT SELDOM WITH A GOOD ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE (CN:S TITLE)

ANGER IS SELDOM WITHOUT REASON, BUT SELDOM A GOOD ONE.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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