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Query Subject:   Proverbs/Sayings Containing Names of Small Places
Author:   Joachim Grzega
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Historical Linguistics

Query:   Dear readers,

There are several proverbs and sayings that include well-known cities. Some of these proverbs and sayings are even of international renown, e.g. ''All roads lead to Rome''. Currently, I’m looking for regionally, nationally or internationally known proverbs and sayings that include less known, smaller cities or towns (people may even be familiar with a saying including a place-name without knowing where the place is located). If you know such proverbs/sayings, I would be very grateful if you could send me the following information:
1. the country
2. the language
3. the form of the proverb/saying
4. the literal translation into English
5. the meaning of the proverb/saying
6. the origin/source of the proverb/saying
7. location of the place and/or zip code

Here is an example:
1. Germany
2. German
3. Ich kenne meine Pappenheimer
4. I know my Pappenheimers
5. Originally a compliment (that you can rely on the good habit of a certain group of people). Today mostly negative, as mockery (that you can rely on the bad habit of a certain group of people).
6. Friedrich Schiller’s novel _Wallenstein_
7. south-eastern Germany (Bavaria) / 91788

Of course, I would post a summary of the findings.

Many thanks for your assistance,

Joachim Grzega

University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt and Europaeisches Haus Pappenheim (EHP), Germany
LL Issue: 23.4645
Date posted: 06-Nov-2012


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