Penn Dutch Proverbs: Honey Outside

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Proverb: Hunnich autseit, Hinkeldreck inseit.

Translation: Honey outside, chicken dung inside.

What it really means: Appealing on the outside, rotten on the inside.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: She Lost a Heel

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Proverb: Sie hot der Absetz verlore.

Translation: She lost a heel.

What it really means: She had a child out of wedlock.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Under a Bench

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Proverb: Sell dutt mer mol unnich die Bank.

Translation: We’ll put that under the bench.

What it really means: There’s nothing to that. (Gossip or exaggeration.)

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Weak in the Upper Story

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Proverb: Er is in die Belzkapp gschosse.

Translation: He is shot through the fur cap.

What it really means: He is weak in the upper story. (As in…not too bright.)

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Like Father, Like Son

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Proverb: Der Appel rollt net weit vum Schtamm.

Translation: The apple will not roll far away from its tree.

What it really means: Like father, like son.

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Proverb: Es macht nix aus wie sauer as der Appel is, mer muss doch alsemol neibeisse.

Translation: No matter how sour the apple, you’ve got to bite into it now and then.

What it really means: Make a virtue of necessity. Swallow the bitter pill.

(I’ll be thinking about that proverb as I start my new January exercise plan!)

 

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Proverb: Was mer net aafangt, brauch net net uffgewwe.

Translation: He that never beginneth, shall never make an end.

What it really means: What you haven’t started, you need not stop.

(A thought to ponder as we all start making New Year resolutions…)

 

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Give Me the Simple Life: Wisdom from God’s Word

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In 1982, the Ad Council created a public service television advertising campaign to discourage America’s children from engaging in recreational drug use. Championed by First Lady Nancy Reagan, it was part of the U.S. “War on Drugs.” The campaign’s slogan adopted the phrase: “Just Say No.”

Catchy, yes. Effective? Not so much.

The problem was that it wasn’t a very good message. It assumes that it’s easy to say no, but peer pressure to conform makes it difficult to say no. Once a child is in a situation in which he is approached to use drugs, it’s often too late.

In fact, in an ironic twist, the child actors involved in the campaign ended up being illegal drug users. Drew Barrymore, for one. John Alford, for another.

A better campaign would have been to think ahead. Avoid getting into difficult situations in the first place. Say, for   Keep Reading…

Give Me the Simple Life: Compare & Despair

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I read a study that determined no matter how much money a person makes, he or she will tend to be dissatisfied with income . . . if his or her neighbor is making more.

The author said the comparing mind is an impediment to happiness because there will always be someone who is richer, smarter, or better looking.

For example, the author pointed to professional athletes who complain bitterly about annual salaries in the millions.

Also known as . . . “Compare and Despair.”

Or, to quote far more ancient wisdom than mine,

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house or wife or servants, or ox and donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor (Exodus 20:17, NIV).”

Statistically, the Amish seem to have greater happiness and satisfaction in their lives than those in mainstream America. Lower rates of depression, lower rates of suicide.

There must   Keep Reading…

Friday Fun | Amish Proverbs

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Most every culture has proverbs that are unique to it. Whether called maxims, bromides, truisms, idioms, expressions, sayings, or just an old saw, proverbs are small, concentrated packages that let us peek into the window of a peoples’ values and beliefs. Pennsylvania Dutch, as an oral language, is resplendent with such sayings. Here are a few that my mother (proud of her Penn Dutch heritage) frequently quoted:

“Every mother crow thinks her own little crow is the blackest.” “In every path there is a puddle.” “Forbidden fruit creates many jams.” “There are two kinds of leaders: those interested in the flock and those interested in the fleece.” “Faith is the bird that sings at night.”

By the way, if you’re a Pinterest lover (as I am!), I have a Pinterest board of some pithy Amish proverbs.

Your turn. Which proverb is your   Keep Reading…