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MAIN PIECE:  Informant: So one thing is like… “No slow friends on a powder day.” Which is just a way to say that you’re like picky with who you ski with when there’s powder, you know? Like you don’t wanna have to be responsible for someone slow on a powder day. You don’t wanna miss… Continue Reading »

Proverb Puns

Main Piece “My grandpa would tell us the following: ‘You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.’ (laughs) The companion one was ‘A bird in the hand makes blowing your nose very difficult.’”  What did they mean to you? “The first thing they meant was that they were funny. Clearly… Continue Reading »

Did you see the camel? No you did not!

Context: This is a proverb that is commonly used among the family and friends of my informant. My informant is a coworker from my job. She immigrated to the United States from Tehran, the capital of Iran, when she was 16 years old and has a lot of family here that she enjoys continuing her… Continue Reading »

“Kes hiljaks jääb, see ilma jääb.” – Estonian Proverb

Informant’s Background: The informant, in this case, is my mother, M, who was a first generation immigrant born to an Estonian family in the North-East of Canada. Her family had escaped from occupied Estonia, and had settled in Canada before she was born. She moved with my father to Los Angeles, in the United States,… Continue Reading »