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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

ORANGES GROW IN CALIFORNIA.
THEY GROW IN FLORIDA TOO.
BUT IT TAKES A STATE LIKE MICHIGAN,
TO GROW A PEACH LIKE YOU.

Data entry tech comment: LINE DIVISION CHANGED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; FRUIT ; PRAISE ; SIMILE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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I SLEEP LIKE A LOG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METAPHOR, SLEEP, OBSERVATION

James Callow Keyword(s): SIMILE ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

LOVE IS LIKE AN ONION
WE TASTE IT WITH DELIGHT
BUT AFTER WHILE WE WONDER
WHAT EVER MADE US BITE.

Submitter comment: ENTRY DATED 11141930 IN ALBERTA LARABELL'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK IN DETROIT,
1930-33

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; OBSERVATION ; RHYME: ABCB ; RIDICULE OF LOVE ; SIMILE

James Callow Keyword(s): PESSIMISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 11-14-1930

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

THOUGH YOUR TASKS ARE MANY
AND YOUR REWARDS ARE FEW
REMEMBER THAT THE MIGHTY OAK
WAS ONCE A NUT LIKE YOU}

Submitter comment: ENTRY DATED MARCH 8, 1962

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; PUN: ON NUT ; QUATRAIN ; SIMILE: COMPARISON TO A NUT. ; SURPRISE ENDING

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; INSULT ; METER: ; SLANG--NUT ; UNREWARDED EFFORT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 03-08-1962

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PROVERB

KNOWLEDGE IS LIKE A RUNNING BROOK. THE DEEPER IT IS THE
QUIETER IT WILL RUN.

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING MEANS THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE LOUD AND TALK
CONSTANTLY DON'T HAVE MUCH INTELLIGENCE. THOSE WHO DO ARE
QUIET AND SOFT SPOKEN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RIPLEY

James Callow Keyword(s): SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1972

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Saying

Hot as a snake

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Hot ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE ; Snake

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Stubborn as a mule.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Language ; METAPHOR ; Mule ; Saying ; SIMILE ; Stubborn

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Grouchy as a bear.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Bear ; Grouchy ; Grumpy ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Stubborn as a billygoat

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Billygoat ; Goat ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE ; Stubborn

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Blind as a bat.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Bat ; BLIND ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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MARCH

MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION AND GOES OUT LIKE A LAMB, OR VICE VERSA.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-06-1968

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WEATHER PROVERB

MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION AND OUT LIKE A LAMB (VICE VERSA).

Submitter comment: AS A CHILD IN NEIGHBORHOOD

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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WEATHER PROVERB - IN VERSE

MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION; GOES OUT LIKE A LAMB.
IF IT COMES IN LIKE A LAMB, IT WILL GO OUT LIKE A LION.

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; SIMILE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

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Expression

Proverbial Comparison:

Like a bull in a china shop

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Bull ; China ; Clumsy ; Expression ; Graceful ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Shop ; SIMILE ; Store ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Proverbial Comparison

Is it clear now?

"Oh yes, Clear as mud."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. replaced wtih current classification

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; SARCASM ; SIMILE ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Proverb

...as slow as molasses in January.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): Cold ; January ; Molasses ; Month ; SIMILE ; Slow ; SPEED ; TIME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Proverbial Comparison

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

...as shiny as a nigger's heel.

Data entry tech comment:

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James Callow comment:

The word as is underlined.

Dup of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): Foot ; Heel ; Offensive ; RACISM ; Racist ; SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison
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Proverb

As dead as a doornail.

Submitter comment:

The number 335 is typed in the upper right hand corner.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out and replaced with current classifications.

The word As is underlined in red the first time it appears.

Dup of WPP.

The word (informant) has been written in red next to the name of Sophie Drouillard.

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; Dead ; Doornail ; SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Proverb

Dead as a doornail

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; Dead ; Doornail ; SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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Proverb

easy as pie

Submitter comment:

Proverbial Comparison

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Easy ; Pie ; SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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