Definitions starting with B

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be bo ben

/biy bow ben/ (Black); boom ba den (Andros); ee bo ben, ee bee en (Eleu.); by bow ben /bay bow ben/ (Berry) [Car.; cf. US Black Biddy, biddy bend, my story is end and St. Vincent The story end and the pin bend (Dillard 1977:130), also Belize. If di pin neva ben, di stowri neva en (Escure in Holm (ed.) 1982); "from the English nominie Be bow bended, my story's ended" (Parsons 1918:xi)] phr. formula for ending a story: 1918 E bo ben, dis story en' (Parsons xi). 1966 Be bo ben (Crowley 37). 

◊ Sometimes this expression is followed by one of a variety of expressions such as: the old story is end, Rooster and hen, or I'll never tell a lie like that again.

Tags: folktales, phrase

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Last update: 2010-09-06 03:28
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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