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EVIL EYE

THE EVIL EYE IS KNOWN AS MAL OCCULO IN ITALY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse
SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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FORMULA SPEECH

IN REFERRING TO A POWERFUL BLOW: A HAYMAKER

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): METAPHOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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COMMON PHRASE

TO BLOW LUNCH

Submitter comment: ANOTHER NAME FOR VOMITING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 09-00-1977

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COMMON WORD

IT'S HOT

Submitter comment: IT MEANS A CONCERT WAS GREAT

Where learned: COLORADO ; DENVER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 12-00-1978

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COMMON WORD

HUMP DAY

Submitter comment: ANOTHER NAME FOR WEDNESDAY- THE HUMP OF THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 01-00-1977

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COMMON WORD

A QUEEB

Submitter comment: THE PASSAGE OF AIR THROUGH THE FEMALE GENITALIA

Where learned: COLORADO ; DENVER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 12-00-1978

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COMMON WORD

B.F. EGYPT

Submitter comment: IT IS A PLACE THAT IS VERY FAR TO DRIVE TO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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COMMON WORD

MASHUGANAH

Submitter comment: IT IS A YIDDISH TERM FOR A CRAZY PERSON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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COMMON WORD

SCHVARTZAH

Submitter comment: IT IS A YIDDISH TERM USED TO DESCRIBE NEGROES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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COMMON WORD

TITS

Submitter comment: IT MEANS SOMETHING IS GOOD- TITS ALRIGHT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 07-00-1978

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COMMON WORD

JEW CANOE

Submitter comment:

ANOTHER NAME FOR A CADILLAC-MANY JEWS DRIVE THEM

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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COMMON WORD

THANKS BOB

Submitter comment: A REMARK FOR WHEN SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING OF THE OBVIOUS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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COMMON WORD

YOU'RE OUT

Submitter comment: A REMARK MADE AFTER SOMEONE SAYS OR DOES SOMETHING DUMB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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COMMON WORD

CRIB

Submitter comment: ANOTHER NAME FOR A HOUSE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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COMMON WORD

ZOOMERS

Submitter comment: ANOTHER NAME FOR AMPHETAMINES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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COMMON WORD

ZIPPIDY DO DAHS

Submitter comment: ANOTHER NAME FOR AMPHETAMINES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 02-20-1979

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COMMON WORD

ON THE RAG

Submitter comment: IT MEANS TO ACT BITCHY-LIKE WHEN WOMEN ARE HAVING THEIR PERIOD,
THEY ARE ALWAYS COMPLAINING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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REGIONAL FOOD NAME

IN THE DETROIT, MICHIGAN AREA, A HOT DOG COVERED WITH A BEANLESS
CHILI PLUS CHOPPED ONIONS AND MUSTARD IS CALLED A "CONEY ISLAND."
IN OTHER STATES, INCLUDING NEW YORK, HOME OF THE REAL CONEY ISLAND,
THIS CONCOCTION, IF AVAILABLE, IS CALLED A "MICHIGAN HOT DOG."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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REGIONAL FOOD NAME

IN THE DETROIT, MICHIGAN AREA, A SODA-LIKE MIXTURE OF VANILLA ICE
CREAM AND VERNOR'S GINGERALE IS CALLED A BOSTON COOLER.

Submitter comment: AS FAR AS I KNOW, VERNOR'S IS NOT AVAILABLE IN BOSTON. THUS IT IS
IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE A BOSTON COOLER IN BOSTON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MASSACHUSETTS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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SYNTAX CHANGE

THE YARD SURROUNDING THE HOME WAS CALLED A DOOR-YARD RATHER THAN A
FRONT OR BACK YARD.

Submitter comment: ITEM WAS LEARNED IN NOVA SCOTIA ALTHOUGH COLLECTED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word
SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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