Penn Dutch Proverb: Crows

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Sour Apple

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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 out of necessity.

No matter how sour the apple, you’ve got to bite into it now and then. -Penn Dutch Proverb

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Stinking Fish

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Proverb: Der Fischmann greischt net “schtinkiche Fisch.

Translation: The fishmonger never calls stinking fish.

What it really means: No huckster decries his wares.

The fishmonger never calls stinking fish. -Penn Dutch Proverb

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Full Purse

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Proverb: So lang as mer Geld hot, hot mer blendi Freind.

Translation: As long as you have lots of money, you have lots of friends.

What it really means: A full purse never lacks friends.

As long as you have lots of money, you have lots of friends. -Amish Proverb

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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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