Penn Dutch Proverbs: Relatives

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Proverb: Freinschaft hie odder her, bleib mer vun meim Kaschebaam.

Translation: Relative or not, keep off my cherry tree.

What it really means: Whoever you are, keep your distance.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Onion Soup

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Proverb: Unne versucht, schmackt mer net, awwer’n Zwiwwlesupp riecht mer.

Translation: You can’t taste a thing unless you try it, but you can tell onion soup by the smell.

What it really means: If you don’t try, you won’t find out, but some things are obvious.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: 11th Commandment

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Proverb: Loss dich net verwische, is es elft Gebot.

Translation: Don’t get caught is the eleventh commandment.

What it really means: Thou shalt not be found out.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Frogs & Poison

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Proverb: Gleene Grodde hen aa Gift.

Translation: Little toads have poison too.

What it really means: No viper so little but hath its venom.

Can you decipher this penn dutch proverb? “Little toads have poison too.”

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Birthday

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Proverb: Graad wie der Herr sie zu der Dier nausgelosst hot.

Translation: Just as the Lord let them out the doors.

What it really means: Naked.

Can you decipher this penn dutch proverb? “Just as the Lord let them out the doors.”

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Forward & Backward

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Proverb: Er kann net hinnerschich un net varschich.

Translation: He can’t go forward nor backward.

What it really means: He is helpless.

“He can’t go forward nor backward.” —Penn Dutch Proverb on @SuzanneWFisher’s blog

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Penn Dutch Proverb: Enough!

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Proverb: Es is genunk Hoi hunne.

Translation: There’s enough hay down.

What it really means: You’ve said enough.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Clever Hens

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Proverb: En gscheit Hinkel legt aa alsemol newich’s Nescht.

Translation: Even a clever hen will lay outside the nest.

What it really means: Mistakes are made even by the best of families.

 

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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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