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Appalachia’s oral tradition is alive with proverbs, sayings, rhymes, and riddles. Passed down from generation to generation, these regional expressions are at times wise, often playful, and always colorful. Even today, they have something to teach. We might all do well to remember, “When you can’t afford it, don’t butter both sides of your bread.” The following playlist is a sampling of word play found in the collections of the Archives of Appalachia.

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Appalachia’s oral tradition is alive with proverbs, sayings, rhymes, and riddles. Passed down from generation to generation, these regional expressions are at times wise, often playful, and always colorful. Even today, they have something to teach. We might all do well to remember, “When you can’t afford it, don’t butter both sides of your bread.” The following playlist is a sampling of word play found in the collections of the Archives of Appalachia.

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