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PROVERB

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CONFUCIUS SAY: MAN SHOULD ALWAYS FEEL LOW BY-CRACKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SEX

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY OF CONFUCIAN SAYING ; PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
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Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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

Talk for 30 minutes on his nickle.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Language ; Nickle ; Saying ; TALK

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

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Saying

We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Anticipate ; Bridge ; Cross ; Language ; Saying

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

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Saying

Stubborn as a mule.

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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.

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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

Crooked as a snake.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Crooked ; Language ; Saying ; Snake ; Untrustworthy

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

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Saying

"not n' every a thing"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Language ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

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Saying

Stubborn as a billygoat

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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.

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

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

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Retort

Old saying for Italians when they are astonished is "Mama Mia."

It means "My Mother."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S550] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; ETHNIC ; Italian ; RETORT ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverbial Saying

Dimples:

A dimple in your cheek, Gentle and Meek.

A dimple in your chin, Devil within.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Anonymous

Keyword(s): Apothegm ; DEVIL ; Dimple ; Gentle ; Maxim ; Meek ; PROVERB ; Saying ; VERSE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Marriage

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Maxim

Album Rhyme:

On this page in memory pressed,

May my name forever rest.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

I can remember writing this in grade school friends' autograph books.

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; Saying ; Signature ; VERSE

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

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Saying

"Dress Eggs"

Term used to label eggs which have been hard boiled then had the yellow removed and mixed with mayonaisse and used to fill the white.

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Keyword(s): Deviled ; DRESS ; FOOD ; Hard Boiled ; Language ; Nickname ; RECIPE ; Saying ; Term

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Vocabulary

Grandma's Black Beads = lines of dirt formed on the neck

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Keyword(s): Beads ; Black ; Dirt ; Grandma ; Language ; NECK ; Nickname ; Saying ; SLANG ; Term

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Saying

Term used for those first dates when a parent drives you to or from an activity: Mommy-date.

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Keyword(s): Chaperone ; DATE ; Drive ; Language ; Mommy ; Nickname ; Saying ; SLANG ; Term ; TRANSPORTATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Expression

Get down off your high horse.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; Expression ; HORSE ; Language ; Saying ; Snobbery

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Expression

Rob Peter to pay Paul

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL ; Expression ; Language ; Make Ends Meet ; Paul ; Peter ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Expression

Once in a blue moon.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Blue ; Expression ; Language ; METAPHOR ; MOON ; Rarely ; Saying ; SIMILE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Expression

To beat the tar out of someone means to beat them up

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): Beat ; EUPHEMISM ; Expression ; Injure ; Language ; Saying ; Tar ; VIOLENCE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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