Category Archives: folk metaphor


Sometimes you just have to poke the frog to get him to move

Background: The informant was born and raised in Western North Carolina. He has lived in North Carolina his whole life. He wanted to share some Western North Carolina expressions and proverbs because he uses them frequently, liking their “local” nature. “Sometimes you just have to poke the frog to get him to move.” The informant… Continue Reading »

The working mule who ate too much

Background: The informant was born and raised in Western North Carolina. He has lived in North Carolina his whole life. He wanted to share some Western North Carolina stories. He explained that this is just a silly joke story that “you’d be setting around and talking to folks maybe after game of golf or tennis,… Continue Reading »

South African Slang and Sayings (Voetsek, Sweet Like a Lemon, Yoh, Aiyoh, Shame)

Informant Context: Otis’ parents immigrated separately to America from South Africa in the 1980’s, during apartheid. Otis’ extended family now lives in the Bay Area, California and near Johannesburg, South Africa. Otis often visits his family in South Africa. Transcript: OTIS: I can think of like, some slang that my family uses a lot. Um…… Continue Reading »

Bir Elin Nesi Var, Iki Elin Sesi Var — Turkish Proverb

Main Piece:  Bir elin nesi var, iki elin sesi var. Transliteration:  What’s wrong with one hand. Full Translation:  Informant: So all this means is um, it means that a person alone can’t do anything. Like one hand alone can’t make sound, but if you have two hands you can clap. And all that means is… Continue Reading »