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Expression

"go off half-cocked" means to do something on impulse

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Expression ; Half-cocked ; Heated ; Impulse ; Language ; Saying ; TEMPER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Expression

"Wet behind the ears" means inexperienced

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): EARS ; EUPHEMISM ; Expression ; Inexperienced ; Language ; Newcomer ; Rookie ; Saying ; Wet

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Expression

"To fly off the handle" means to lose your temper.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): Expression ; Fly ; Handle ; Language ; Lose ; Saying ; TEMPER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Expression

Paint the town red, or, go out on the town.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): COLOR ; Entertainment ; Expression ; Language ; Out ; Paint ; Red ; Saying ; Term ; Town

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Saying

...three sheets to the wind. Meaning he's drunk.

ie There was a guy three sheets to the wind.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): DRUNK ; EUPHEMISM ; Language ; Saying ; Sheets ; SLANG ; Term ; Wind

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Saying

Hitch your wagon to a star

(Plan and work for the best)

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: FLORIDA ; Plant City

Keyword(s): Saying ; Star ; SUCCESS ; Wagon

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Saying

Paddle your own canoe

(Mind your own business)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: FLORIDA ; Plant City

Keyword(s): Busybody ; CANOE ; Maxim ; Paddle ; PROVERB ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Saying

Give some folks enough rope and they will hang themselves.

(They talk too much)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: FLORIDA ; Plant City

Keyword(s): GOSSIP ; Hang ; Rope ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Saying

Was that in the right church but the wrong pew?

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CHURCH ; Pew ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Saying

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying:

Throw papa down the stairs his hats

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Keyword(s): DUTCH ; Hat ; Papa ; PENNSYLVANIA ; REGIONAL ; Saying ; Stairs

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Saying

Northern Maine Saying:

A direction - Go down the road a piece and then tilt toward tilly.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: MAINE ; Houlton

Keyword(s): DIRECTIONS ; Maine ; REGIONAL ; Road ; Saying ; STATE ; Tilly ; Turn

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Proverbial Saying

Curiosity killed the cat.

(usually answered with:)

Satisfaction brought it back.

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Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Not a Proverb?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PLAYGROUND

Keyword(s): CAT ; CURIOSITY ; Killed ; PROVERB ; Resurrection ; Satisfaction ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

At dinner time, a parental question/statement as a result of crude behavior is "were you raised in a barn?"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V400, V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Barn ; Crude ; Language ; MANNERS ; Raised ; RETORT ; Rude ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Verse

Nightime Safety:

Sleep tight so the bed bugs don't bite.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Bed ; bugs ; Nighttime ; SAFETY ; Saying ; SLEEP ; Tight ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Maxim

A dream of sweets is worth a pound of sours

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Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

?

Keyword(s): Apothegm ; Dream ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Saying ; Sour ; Sweet ; VALUE ; VERSE ; Worth

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Toast

zu woll sein

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Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Translation?

Where learned: GERMANY

Keyword(s): DRINK ; GERMAN ; Saying ; TOAST ; Well Wishes

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Saying

If you are serarated from the person you are walking with by a pole say "bread and butter."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): BREAD ; Butter ; Pole ; Saying ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Saying

When someone says "I thought..." you say "You know what Mr. Thought did."

They probably will want to know what he did so you tell him: "He thought a razor blade was toilet paper and he cut his behind."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V501] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Taste??

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Answer ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; QUESTION ; razor ; RETORT ; Saying ; Think ; Thought ; Toilet Paper

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Saying

Telephone Answer:

"Riedy's Morgue, you kill 'em, we chill 'em!"

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Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Answer ; Chill ; GREETING ; Kill ; Morgue ; RHYME ; Saying ; TELEPHONE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Saying

Telephone Answer:

"Riedy's Morgue, You stab 'em, we slab 'em!"

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Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Answer ; Morgue ; Morgue ; Saying ; Slab ; Stab ; TELEPHONE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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