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PROVERB

DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF.

Where learned: TV SHOW

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: ; DON'T WORRY ABOUT SMALL MATTERS ; PERSPIRATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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When the Devil Beats his Wife

It is said that when you see a whirlwind it usually means that
the devil is beating his wife.

Submitter comment: The informant was giggling when she told this to me.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; Louise

Keyword(s): Small Storms

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTHROPOMORPHISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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Truckpatch

Most Afro-Americans in the south during the 1930's had great
self pride. However, they had to eat. For this particular
family there were 16 people under one two-room roof shack. Okra
was always left in the ice box; it was a substitute for meat.
Neighbors would come by to bring different items grown from their
truckpatch, but would always say that they had too much and
didn't want it to go to waste. Foods such as sweet potatoes,
pinto beans and rice were brought. Everything was usually cooked
together in one pot and would last for up to three weeks. The
pinto beans were saved mostly because they were good for at least
three more swellings.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Truckpatch = Small garden

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

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Proverb

Don't Sweat:

Don't sweat the small stuff

Submitter comment:

Heard this in High School

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): ANXIETY ; Small ; Sweat ; WISDOM ; Worry

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Play on Words


There is a secret method of coming back from Vegas with a small fortune: Go with a large fortune.

Submitter comment:

He heard it from a friend.

Data entry tech comment:

Motif added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): fortune ; GAMBLING ; HUMOR ; Large ; MONEY ; PUN ; SIZE ; Small ; Vegas

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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IF THE STOMACH IS LARGE AT NINE MONTHS, THE BABY WILL BE
A GIRL; IF SMALL, A BOY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; BELLY ; gender ; Large ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY ; Small ; STOMACH

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 08-21-1973

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