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Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.

Jim Dixon 05 Dec 13 - 10:10 AM
Jeri 05 Dec 13 - 11:00 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 05 Dec 13 - 12:12 PM
meself 05 Dec 13 - 12:50 PM
meself 05 Dec 13 - 12:53 PM
meself 05 Dec 13 - 12:58 PM
meself 05 Dec 13 - 01:00 PM
GUEST,Eliza 05 Dec 13 - 01:12 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 05 Dec 13 - 02:50 PM
meself 05 Dec 13 - 02:59 PM
meself 05 Dec 13 - 03:03 PM
GUEST,eldergirl on another computer 06 Dec 13 - 03:49 AM
Jim Dixon 06 Dec 13 - 02:03 PM
Jim Dixon 06 Dec 13 - 02:18 PM
meself 06 Dec 13 - 03:34 PM
Firecat 06 Dec 13 - 03:48 PM
MGM·Lion 07 Dec 13 - 03:05 AM
Young Buchan 07 Dec 13 - 03:36 AM
GUEST,Grishka 07 Dec 13 - 04:02 AM

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Subject: Folklore: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 10:10 AM

I want to hear as many proverbs, sayings, slogans, rules of thumb, clichés, catch phrases, mnemonics, etc., as you can think of—that rhyme.

(A British friend once asked me if America has anything like Cockney rhyming slang. I told him no. The closest thing I could think of was a few proverbs that rhyme. That's not at all the same thing, I know, but it got me thinking: how much do we use rhyme in our popular speech?)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Jeri
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 11:00 AM

A stitch in time saves nine.
My way or the highway.
Might for right... oops, that's Camelot, I think.
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning, red sky at night, sailors' delight.
Goodnight, sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite.
See you later, alligator. Not for a while, crocodile.

Some aren't proverbs, but just rhymey mnemonic things.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 12:12 PM

There are many, these are some common ones-

Leaves (leaflets) three, let it be.
There's many a slip between the cup and the lip.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.
Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: meself
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 12:50 PM

(That last, of course, from Dorothy Parker).

Here's one: Righty tighty; lefty,loosey.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: meself
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 12:53 PM

See yuh; wouldn't want to be yuh.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: meself
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 12:58 PM

Gimme, gimme, never gets;
Don't you know your manners yet.

Liar, liar, pants on fire;
[So-and-so] (mumble, mumble) the telephone wire.

[So-and-so], [So-and-so], how disgraceful,
Get your elbows off the table!
This is not a horse's stable,
But a first-class dining table.

K-I-S-S-I-N-G, etc.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: meself
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 01:00 PM

And I have a vague memory of being tormented to this one:

Shakespeare,
Kick in the rear,
Twist on the ear -
Happy New Year!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 01:12 PM

No pain, no gain
Goodnight, sleep tight, don't let the bugs bite.
boys with their toys
the brain drain
a big wig
pay and display
nit wit


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Subject: RE: Folklore: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 02:50 PM

Poe's poetry-

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary-
Doesn't fit the category, but it came to mind.

Don't take the car, if it isn't far.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: meself
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 02:59 PM

Easy-peasy.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: meself
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 03:03 PM

Take a chill pill.

Loosey-goosey.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: GUEST,eldergirl on another computer
Date: 06 Dec 13 - 03:49 AM

a Milligan one:
String
Is a very important thing.
rope is thicker
but string is quicker.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Dec 13 - 02:03 PM

In college, the science students used to refer to the other non-science subjects as artsy-fartsy and religion and philosophy particularly as airy-fairy.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Dec 13 - 02:18 PM

Hanging out in a bar once, one of my friends got up pee, and came back to find someone else sitting on his stool. He was told the rule is: Shuffle your feet, lose your seat.

It sounds more authoritative when it rhymes. It seems less likely that the speaker made it up on the spot. Therefore it's not just his opinion; it's part of folklore, so a lot of people must agree on it.

Moral: if you want to make up a rule, make it rhyme.

In this case, the guy who lost his seat took it with good humor. I still don't know whether it's a well-known proverb. I only heard it once.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: meself
Date: 06 Dec 13 - 03:34 PM

Cf. Finders, keepers; Losers, weepers.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Firecat
Date: 06 Dec 13 - 03:48 PM

Early to bed,
Early to rise,
Makes you healthy,
Wealthy and wise.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

In it to win it.

If you wish to live and thrive,
Let a spider run alive.

See a penny,
Pick it up,
All day long,
You'll have good luck,
If you give it to a friend,
Then your luck will never end.

Star light,
Star bright,
First star I've seen tonight
I wish I may,
I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.

Learn as you earn. (This was a saying for apprenticeship courses and jobs that offered on-the-job training)

One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret never to be told,
Eight's a letter,
Nine's a kiss (or a wish),
Ten's a bird you must not miss.

Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day.

It's raining, it's pouring,
The old man is snoring,
He went to bed,
And bumped his head,
And couldn't get up in the morning.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 07 Dec 13 - 03:05 AM

At the time of the sinking of the Belgrano, I found myself reminding a certain number of well-meaning traitors about what becomes of those who "fight and run away".

Not altogether correct, BTW, OP Jim, about no US rhyming slang. Damon Runyon has many examples of NY rhyming slang from the 20s/30s: eg

Miss Missouri Martin makes the following crack one night to her: "Well, I do not see any Simple Simon on your lean and linger." This is Miss Missouri Martin's way of saying she sees no diamond on Miss Billy Perry's finger.
(from "Romance in the Roaring Forties")

~M~


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Young Buchan
Date: 07 Dec 13 - 03:36 AM

Use it or lose it.

A platitude taught to all Hearies trying to learn British Sign Language, but probably applicable to anyone learning any new language.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 07 Dec 13 - 04:02 AM

Rhyming rules gull the fools.


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