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CLERGY RIDDLE

Q: TELL ME IF YOU CAN/ WHO IS THE HIGHLY FAVORED MAN/ THAT HAS
MARRIED MANY A WIFE/ BUT IS SINGLE ALL HIS LIFE.
A: A PRIEST.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; PERSONS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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EVERY TIME A SCORPIO IS BORN, A MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY HAS DIED THE
YEAR BEFORE, AND EVERY TIME ONE DIES, THERE WILL BE A BIRTH IN THAT
FAMILY WITHIN THE YEAR.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ASTROLOGICAL SIGN FOR PERSONS BORN 10-24--11-22

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Crucial Moment of Life Life Cycle
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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DINNER COMPLIMENT (SYRIA)

THE HOSTESS IS PAID A COMPLIMENT BY HER GUESTS IF THEY "BELCH"
AFTER HAVING A DINNER. THIS "BELCH" SHOWS THE HOSTESS THAT THE
MEAL WAS VERY GOOD AND VERY SATISFYING.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BELCHING POLITENESS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-25-1968

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IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO CUT A YOUNG BLACK CHILD'S HAIR.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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WHEN THE SUN IS OUT AND IT'S RAINING AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S SAID
THAT THE DEVIL IS BEATING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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IF YOU ARE DREAMING THAT YOU'RE FALLING OFF OF SOMETHING AND IF YOU
HIT THE BOTTOM THEN YOU WILL DIE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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TOM SWIFTY

MY! WHAT A DEEP HOLE, SAID TOM GRAVELY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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MY EYES ARE BIGGER THAN MY STOMACH.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): APPETITE ; COMPARISON ; EATING ; METONYMY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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PROVERBS

MUM'S THE WORD.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): SILENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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PROVERB

THE MORE THERE IS OF MINE, THE LESS THERE IS OF YOUR'S.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOESN'T REMEMBER WHERE OR WHEN SHE FIRST HEARD IT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTITHESIS ; CONTRAST ; PROPERTY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001967 (AUTUMN)

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PROVERB

MONEY WITHERS IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO NURSE IT ALONG.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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MONEY MAY NOT BE IN FIRST PLACE BUT IT IS WAY AHEAD OF SECOND.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; POSITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERBS

MONEY ISN'T EVERYTHING.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; WEALTH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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PROVERBS

MONEY FLIES AWAY IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE TO PUT IT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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MONEY DOESN'T CARE WHO HAS IT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): PATHETIC FALLACY ; PERSONIFICATION ; WEALTH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

A MISS IS AS GOOD AS A MILE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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POLISH PROVERB

THE MICE SAFELY CAN RUN AROUND WHEN THE CAT ISN'T HOME.
TRANSLATION OF:
BEZPIECZNIE MYSZY BIEGAJA, GAY ROTA U DOMU NIE MAJA.

Submitter comment: I KNOW THIS FROM HOME.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): FREEDOM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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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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MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): METONYMY ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

MAN PROPOSES, BUT GOD DISPOSES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-00-1968

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