Penn Dutch Proverbs: Short Hair

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Proverb: Katze Haar sin glei gebascht.

Translation: Short hair is soon brushed.

What it really means: Where there is little, there is little to be had.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Little Things

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Proverb: Vum Hunnert ins Dausend.

Translation: From hundreds to thousands.

What it really means: To jump from one trivial thing to another.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Lime & Clay

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Proverb: Wammer ken Kallick hot, muss mer mit Lehme mauere.

Translation: If you have no lime for mortar, use clay.

What it really means: If you haven’t what you need, use what you have.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Black Kettles

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Proverb: Wann’d dich amme schwate Kessel reibscht, waerscht schwatz.

Translation: Rub up against a black kettle and you will become black.

What it really means: You’re influenced by those with whom you spend time.

 

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Hanging

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Proverb: Er geht net fatt, bis der letacht ghenkt is.

Translation: He won’t leave until the last man is hanged.

What it really means: He wouldn’t miss a trick for all the world.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Hard Work

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Proverb: Was mer net im Kopp hot, grickt mer in die Fiess.

Translation: A forgetful head makes a weary pair of heels.

What it really means: If your brain doesn’t work, your feet must.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Cooking

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Proverb: Es is leicht koche in annere Leit ihre Kich.

Translation: It’s easy to prepare a meal in another’s kitchen.

What it really means: It’s not hard to enjoy a meal when someone else picks up the tab.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Punctuality

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Proverb: Wer net kummt zu rechder Zeit, der freest was iwwrich bleibt.

Translation: He who does not come in time, must take what is left.

What it really means: Latecomers take leavings.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Six of One

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Proverb: Es is lang as breet.

Translation: As long as it is broad.

What it really means: Six of one, half dozen of the other. Or…makes no difference.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Tears and Smiles

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Proverb: Er hot’s Lache un Heile in eem Sack.

Translation: Tears and smiles in the same poke.

What it really means: It’s a hard thing to laugh and cry both with a breath.

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