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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
GUEST 16 Jun 19 - 09:54 PM
Joe_F 16 Jun 19 - 10:28 PM
meself 17 Jun 19 - 09:30 AM
GUEST,HiLo 17 Jun 19 - 09:57 AM
GUEST,Sol 17 Jun 19 - 10:34 AM
WalkaboutsVerse 17 Jun 19 - 03:18 PM
Mr Red 18 Jun 19 - 03:27 AM
meself 18 Jun 19 - 09:27 AM
GUEST,Dave Sunshine 18 Jun 19 - 10:39 AM
GUEST,Dave Sunshine 18 Jun 19 - 11:01 AM
leeneia 18 Jun 19 - 12:19 PM
Doug Chadwick 18 Jun 19 - 12:43 PM
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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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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jun 19 - 09:54 PM

When in town, windows down
Cut towards your chum & not towards your thumb
Pitter patter, let's get at er!


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Joe_F
Date: 16 Jun 19 - 10:28 PM

Good night, sleep tight, wake up bright by morning light to do what's right with all your might.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: meself
Date: 17 Jun 19 - 09:30 AM

That version is a little more pious than the one we grew up with:

Good night, sleep tight;
Don't let the bed-bugs bite -
And if they bite, squeeze them tight -
Good night!


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 17 Jun 19 - 09:57 AM

Argy- bargy


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: GUEST,Sol
Date: 17 Jun 19 - 10:34 AM

Clunk Click - every trip.
The Bees knees
Having a heid like a stairheid
Hells bells


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 17 Jun 19 - 03:18 PM

I heard this from a park ranger on the BBC's CountryFile last weekend:

Dead wood is dead good (for moss, ferns, insects, etc).


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Mr Red
Date: 18 Jun 19 - 03:27 AM

go with flow
race with the pace
walk the talk


from Yorkshire:   if you do owt for nowt do it for the sen

one from my mother, which repeats and has 5 sibilant consonant rhymes:

handsome is, as handsome does

and one from grandma advising my sister on choosing a husband - it has repetition as a form of rhyme (or form of anaphora if you prefer):

winter 'em, summer 'em, and winter 'em again


my mantras are: run with the pun
& in reference to such puns: if ain't hurting it ain't working


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: meself
Date: 18 Jun 19 - 09:27 AM

Happy wife, happy life.

No pain, no gain.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: GUEST,Dave Sunshine
Date: 18 Jun 19 - 10:39 AM

See a penny,
Pick it up,
All day long,
You'll have


a penny in your pocket!.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: GUEST,Dave Sunshine
Date: 18 Jun 19 - 11:01 AM

A bird in the hand.. makes it difficult to blow the nose
People who live in glasshouses...should undress in the dark
A rolling stone gathers...momentum
Rome wasn't built on a day ...it just looks like that
The squeaky wheel gets...on your nerves
When the going gets tough, the tough....go shopping
Too many cooks ...indicates a union
Too many brothels spoil the cook
Don't put all your Basques in one exit


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: leeneia
Date: 18 Jun 19 - 12:19 PM

different strokes for different folks

Be sure to diff'rent, not different.

April showers bring May flowers.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 18 Jun 19 - 12:43 PM

Advice from my driving instructor as to whether it's safe to make a manoeuvre:

          "If in doubt, hang about."

Nearly fifty years on, I find myself repeating out loud when the situation arises.

DC


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Mrrzy
Date: 18 Jun 19 - 12:52 PM

Does Waste Not Want Not count? More alliterative...


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 18 Jun 19 - 02:33 PM

No pain, no gain (from Meself) or

No pain - refrain?!


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Joe_F
Date: 18 Jun 19 - 10:24 PM

When in danger or in doubt,
Run in circles, scream and shout.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Jun 19 - 03:17 PM

See a penny, let it lie
You will want before you die

Is the second verse of the penny thing, or was where and when I grew up. There was no share-y verse.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Jos
Date: 19 Jun 19 - 03:38 PM

I heard a version that went:
'See a pin and pick it up ...'

I will (nearly) always pick up coins, even a penny, in spite of a friend long ago who said she was too proud to pick up a small coin. They can add up to several pounds a year (so a free beer).
But recently I have been finding far fewer coins lying about. Are people needing to be more careful these days, and either not dropping them, or stooping to pick them up themselves?

As for picking up a pin - I probably wouldn't bother.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Joe_F
Date: 19 Jun 19 - 06:31 PM

It seems to take me about 5 s to pick up a penny. That corresponds to a wage of $7.20/h. WIWAL that was a living wage.


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Mr Red
Date: 20 Jun 19 - 03:33 AM

Are people needing to be more careful these days, and either not dropping them,

Or it is the cashless society which has spawned the phrase - ironically &/or mendaciously:

splash the cash or the alternative can't pay, won't pay

And one from my apprenticeship days when begging cigarettes - which were soooooo cool (?) crash the ash

And there is the electricity generating rush to phase out coal (other Trumpish policies are available) dash for gas


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Felipa
Date: 20 Jun 19 - 01:42 PM

oddly enough, "you snooze, you lose," was not a familiar saying to me when I heard of this dog:https://collooneywhippets.weebly.com/snooze-you-lose.html


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Felipa
Date: 20 Jun 19 - 01:46 PM

I've met a sister of his, the lovely "Golly Miss Molly".


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: meself
Date: 20 Jun 19 - 03:01 PM

Walk the walk, and talk the talk (or variations thereof).


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 20 Jun 19 - 03:38 PM

There's a few about golf, such as "Drive for show/put for dough", in my song - "Lingolf"


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: meself
Date: 20 Jun 19 - 05:12 PM

Money talks, bullshit walks - or is it vice versa?


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Mrrzy
Date: 21 Jun 19 - 01:17 PM

What is the advice about how to drink? Beer before liquor, never sicker?


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Subject: RE: Rhyming Proverbs: 'You snooze, you lose,' etc.
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 25 Jun 19 - 05:09 AM

Or, on the matter of density:
A pint's a pound the world around (US)

Unfortunately not true in UK (and elsewhere) because:
A pint of water weighs a pound and a quarter.

US have a small pint of 16 fluid ounces (16 ounces = one pint). A UK pint is 20 fluid ounces.


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