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WORTH DOING WELL

IF ANYTHING IS WORTH DOING , ITS WORTH DOING WELL.

Submitter comment: READ THIS IN GRADE SCHOOL

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PRIDE IN WORKMANSHIP

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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MOTTO USED BY MANAGEMENT AT MCDONALD'S RESTAURANT

IF THERE'S TIME TO LEAN, THERE'S TIME TO CLEAN.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): SLOGAN ; WORK REST BREAK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Working
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-02-1968

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PROVERB

D'R SCHAFFMANN IS SEI LU WAERT
THE LABORER IS WORTHY OF HIS HIRE

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; READING

Keyword(s): GERMAN ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLISH MAN WHO GOT A JOB PAINTING
WHITE LINES DOWN THE MIDDLE OF A ROAD? THE FIRST DAY
ON THE JOB HE PAINTED A MILE AND THE FOREMAN THOUGHT HE
WAS DOING A REAL GREAT JOB. ON THE SECOND DAY HE PAINTED
A HALF MILE. ON THE THIRD DAY HE ONLY PAINTED A QUARTER
MILE. THE FOREMAN DECIDED THEY WOULD HAVE TO LET THE POLISH MAN GO, BECAUSE HE WAS NOT PAINTED FAR ENOUGH.
WHEN THE POLISH MAN REALIZED HE WAS GOING TO LOSE HIS
JOB HE SAID, "OF COURSE I'M PAINTING LESS EACH DAY, LOOK
HOW FAR I HAVE TO WALK TO THE BUCKET!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSURD MISUNDERSTANDING OF WORK PROCESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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HOW DOES A POLLOCK GET KILLED RAKING LEAVES? HE FALLS
OUT OF THE TREE.

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSURD MISUNDERSTANDING OF WORK PROCESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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WHAT DOES A JEWISH WOMAN MAKE FOR DINNER? SHE MAKES
RESERVATIONS!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): THE SO-CALLED JEWISH-AMERICAN PRINCESS WOULD AVOID WORK,

Subject headings: JEWI

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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IF YOU SEW A BUTTON ON SUNDAY YOU WILL TAKE THE STITCHES
OUT IN HELL

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): WORK TABU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): HARD WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

TO PUT YOUR NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): INDUSTRIOUSNESS WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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IT'S THE ROVING BEE THAT GATHERS THE HONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT FOOD WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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YOU CAN'T SWIM IN A POOLROOM.

James Callow comment: LIKE YOU CAN'T BOUNCE A MEATBALL, SAYS COLLECTOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

James Callow Keyword(s): AMBITION? ; JOKE? ; WORK?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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WHEN IN ROME, EAT ROMAN CANDLES.

Submitter comment: (MEANS SAME THING AS "WHEN IN ROME DO AS THE ROMANS DO")

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): FIREWORKS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 09-16-1968

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RED ALERT

WHEN THE BIG BOSS OF THE SHOE COMPANY I WORK FOR COMES INTO
THE STORE, EVERYONE QUIETLY SAYS "RED ALERT" WHICH DENOTES
HIS ARRIVAL AND PUTS EVERYONE IN THEIR BEST BEHAVIOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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MAY DAY

WHEN SHOPLIDTING IS DETECTED IN THE SHOE STORE WHERE I WORK,
PEOPLE WHISPER "MAY DAY" TO OUR MANAGER AND THEN HE TAKES
CARE OF IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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IN THE SHOE STORE WHERE I WORK, IF A CUSTOMER IS GIVING THE
SALESMAN A HARD TIME, THE MANAGER WILL TELL HIM TO "34" THE
CUSTOMER, WHICH MEANS TO GET RID OF THE CUSTOMER BECAUSE HE
PROBABLY IS NOT THERE TO BUY ANYWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BIRD WITH ONE WING AND A BIRD WITH
TWO WINGS? A DIFFERENCE OF A PINION.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A TYPE OF JOKE THAT I HAVE HEARD MORE THAN ONCE FROM MORE
THAN ONE PERSON IN THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT CHORUS. IT IS NOT
INTENDED TO STAND ALONE, BUT TO RATHER TYPIFY THE TYPR OF WIT THAT
RUNS LOOSE IN THE CHORUS. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND A
CLASSIFICATION FOR THINKING, BUT IF FOLKLORE CAN COVER CUSTOMS AND
HABITS, I FEEL IT SHOULD ALSO COVER THE THINKING PATTERNS BEHIND
THESE HABITS BECAUSE IN MANY CASES THEY ARE UNIQUE TO THE
PARTICULAR PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORK PLAY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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House-Demons

By a clean river, there grew oak trees from centuries before. Not far from there lived a Samogitian of many years. Together with im lived his beautiful and larg efamily. Their barns were full of cattle, the corn overflowed into the storehouse. No farmer, happier or richer than him, was around.

The other farmers, jealous of his success, started talking about him, that a house demon brought him all his riches. Many said that they saw the demons flying around the house.

The people's council, hearing such talk from the neighbors, sent an inspector over to the farmer's house; they ordered him to forbid the farmer, to tell him to finally learn to live with the other people.

the inspector, showing up at the farmer's house, told him directly that yhe should be ashamed to keep a demon in his house and that he should do only what is good for his neighbors.

the Samogitian only laughed at him. Still laughung he told the inspector that not a single of his demons has yet done wrong to any of his neighbors. Then the inspector told him to show him his demons. With that,. the farmer led the inspector by hand to his barn where all his farming tools stood.

-These- said the farmer, -are my demons that do good for me and my neighbors.-

Submitter comment:

Translated from Lithuanian by Ramune Stonys

An asterisk denotes a message for the word Samogalia, and explains that: Lithuania is divided into different regions. Samogalia is one region, located in Northern Lithuania.

On tha back of the card is an address for the translator:

R. Stonys

17276 Milton

Southfield, MI 48075

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Grammatical correction: Leave to Live.

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Demon ; Demons ; DISCIPLINE ; FARMER ; FARMING ; HARD WORK ; House ; Moral ; Neighbors ; Parable ; Relationships ; SELF DISCIPLINE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

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Custom

Chimney Sweep:

In Belgium, or Europe for that matter, each house usually had two or more chimneys. Since they needed cleaning periodically, chimney sweeps were common. Some of these were employed by the cities for the purpose. But, in each case, it was good practice to give the sweeper a good tip, for if you didn't he would play tricks on you. For instance, he might come back to clean your chimney at a future date, but not tell you. Then you would be unprepared and the soot would come into the house because you didn't close the soot door in time.

Submitter comment:

Recorded on Tape

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [M848] crossed out and replaced with F534

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): BUSINESS ; Chimney Sweep ; CUSTOM ; Gratuity ; OCCUPATIONS: CHIMNEY SWEEPING ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; TIPPING ; WORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

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Ethnic: Belgium

Homework Law:

In Belgium, where 51/2 days of school per week is the rule, there is a law which limits the amount of homework to 2 hours per day for any student.

Data entry tech comment:

Motif added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [F574.5, F574.82] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): Belgium ; EDUCATION ; ETHNIC ; Homework ; Law ; SCHOOL ; Student

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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Proverb

Jack of all trades, master of none.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Keyword(s): Ability ; Fool ; JACK ; Labor ; Master ; Skill ; TRADE ; WISDOM ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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