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A BROOM

BUY A BROOM IN MAY,
AND SWEEP THE FAMILY AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): CLEANLINESS ; IRONY (EXCEEDING CLEANLINESS CREATES ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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WEATHER SAYINGS

CLEAR MOON,
FROST SOON.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): RHYME ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

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

Date learned: 09-07-1969

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WEATHER RHYME

EVENING RED AND MORNING GRAY
WILL SPEED THE TRAVELER ON HIS WAY;
EVENING GRAY AND MORNING RED
WILL BRING THE RAIN UPON HIS HEAD.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; OBSERVATION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C462
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-07-1969

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EVENING RED AND MORNING GREY

EVENING RED AND MORNING GREY ARE TOKENS FOR A BONNY DAY.
EVENING GREY AND MORNING RED THERE WILL BE RAIN UPON YOUR HEAD.

Keyword(s): COLOR ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; RHYME ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C462
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

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PROVERB

EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT THE WEATHER BUT NOBODY DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ONE LARK MAY MAKE A FALL
BUT ONE ROBIN DOES NOT MAKE A SPRING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- V800

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ONE WILL ALWAYS HAVE SQUAW WINTER, A COLD SPELL, BEFORE
HAVING INDIAN SUMMER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-01-1969

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WEATHER PROVERB

ONION'S SKIN VERY THIN
MILD WINTER COMING IN
ONION'S SKIN THICK AND TOUGH
COMING WINTER COLD AND ROUGH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): PREDICTION ; SYMBOL ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB IN VERSE

NA SW GRZEGORZA POJDZIE ZIMI DO MORZA (POLISH)
ON THE FEAST OF ST. GREGORY THE WINTER GOES TO THE SEA.

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS POLISH TEXT
TRANSLATED BY MRS K J UNIECHOWSKI

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSLATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 12
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 25
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PROVERB IN VERSE

PALE MOON DOTH RAIN
RED MOON DOTH BLOW
WHITE MOON DOTH NEITHER RAIN NOR SNOW

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 09-07-1969

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MORON JOKE

WHY DID THE MORON THROW THE CLOCK OUT THE WINDOW?
HE WANTED TO SEE TIME FLY.

Submitter comment:

HE LEARNED THIS FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; PROVERB: TIME FLIES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-11-1967

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DYING

HE'S WALKING SLOW, BUT HE'S GOING FAST.

Submitter comment: WHEN A MAN IS IN THE HOSPITAL IS FAILING AND DYING FAST THE IRISH
SAY THIS.
JUDY LEARNED THIS FROM THE IRISH INTERNS WHEN SHE WAS WORKING AT
MOUNT CARMEL HOSPITAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): HEALTH ; METAPHOR PROVERBIAL PHRASE DEATH OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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A POLISH PROVERB

HE MADE OUT LIKE MR. ZABTOCKI ON HIS SOAP.
IVYSZEAT JAK ZABTOCKI NA MYDLE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED WHEN ONE TAKES UP A PROJECT HE KNOWS LITTLE ABOUT AND
IT FALLS THROUGH. MR. ZABTOCKI HAD GONE INTO THE SOAP BUSINESS BUT KNOWING NOTHING ABOUT IT ,HE LOST OUT.
MY MOTHER KNOWS THIS PROVERB AND STORY FROM POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): PERSONAL NAME ; POLISH PERSONAL PROVERB

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ONE LARK MAY MAKE A FALL
BUT ONE ROBIN DOES NOT MAKE A SPRING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ONE WILL ALWAYS HAVE SQUAW WINTER, A COLD SPELL, BEFORE
HAVING INDIAN SUMMER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-01-1969

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WEATHER PROVERB

ONION S SKIN VERY THIN
MILD WINTER COMING IN
ONION S SKIN THICK AND TOUGH
COMING WINTER COLD AND ROUGH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB IN VERSE

NA SW GRZEGORZA POJDZIE ZIMI DO MORZA
ON THE FEAST OF ST. GREGORY THE WINTER GOES TO THE SEA.

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS POLISH TEXT
TRANSLATED BY MRS K J UNIECHOWSKI

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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SAYING

GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT.

Submitter comment: THIS REFERS TO HUMAN ERROR IN PUNCHING CARDS FOR A COMPUTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPUTER PROVERB

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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PROVERB

THE GRASS IS NEVER GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTORY PROVERB

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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