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Liquor before beer and you’re in the clear – American Drinking Proverb

Main Piece: “Liquor before beer and you’re in the clear, beer before liquor never been sicker.” Context and Analysis: My informant is a 19-year-old male. The informant claims he first heard this proverb when he was in ninth grade. It was one of the first times he was consuming alcohol and was not paying attention to… Continue Reading »

Don’t look for problems – Mexican Proverb

Main Piece: “No le busquen chichis a las culebras” Transliteration: Don’t look for boobs in the snakes Translation: Don’t look for problems where there are none Background: Informant Nationality: Mexican Location: Guadalajara, Mexico Language: Spanish Context and Analysis: My informant is a 71-year-old female. When I asked her if she knew of any common sayings… Continue Reading »

American Street Crack Superstition

Main Piece: “Step on a crack and break your mom’s back” Context and Analysis: The informant claims the superstition is common knowledge. When asked when she first heard it she insisted not knowing when she picked it up, she just assumed it was common knowledge, “Everyone knows that when you are walking, you are not… Continue Reading »

Waking up earlier will not make the sun rise sooner – Mexican Proverb

Main Piece: “No por mucho madrugar amanece más temprano.”  Transliteration:  Not much early rises earlier. Translation: Waking up earlier will not make the sun rise sooner.  Background: Informant Nationality: Mexican Location: Guadalajara, Mexico Language: Spanish Context and Analysis: The informant is a 78-year-old male. I asked the informant if he had any sayings, legends, or… Continue Reading »