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TOM SWIFTY

"I LOST MY CRUTCH," TOM SAID LAMELY.

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

Keyword(s): CRIPPLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ; WEAKLY INEFFECTUALLY UNSATISFACTORILY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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IN THE THEATRE, IT IS COMMONLY BELIEVED THAT A HAT
ON THE BED IN THE DRESSING ROOM ON OPENING NIGHT
WILL BRING BAD LUCK TO THE PLAY OR COMPANY.

Submitter comment:

MARY GOT FROM HER MOTHER.

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Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): Actor ; Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; Play ; PREDICTION ; Stage ; SUPERSTITION ; THEATER

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ACTOR'S BELIEF

A HAT THROWN ON A BED MEANS BAD LUCK.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Actor ; Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; Play ; PREDICTION ; Stage ; SUPERSTITION ; THEATER

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 09-30-1965

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Custom

You should never say "good luck" to an actor or actress on opening night - you always say "break a leg"

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Keyword(s): Actor ; ACTRESS ; Break a Leg ; CUSTOM ; GOOD LUCK ; LUCK ; OMEN ; Opening Night ; Play ; Saying ; THEATER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

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Rope - Jump Rhyme

blondie and Dagewood went downtown.

Blondie bought an evening gown

Dagewood bought a pair of shoes.

Cookie bought the evening news.

(repeat or continue with ifferent names and articles.)

Where learned: Learned in Detroit, Michigan

Keyword(s): Charactor ; Jump ; Plain

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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Rope Skipping Rhyme

Blondie and Dagwood went downtown.

Blondie bourght an eveing gown,

Dagwood bought a pair of shoes,

Cooke bought the daily news,

Close your eyes and count to ten,

If you miss, take the end.

Where learned: Informant learned from childhood neighborhood.

Keyword(s): Charactor ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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Jump rope jingle

Blondie and Dagwood went downtown.

Blondie bought an evening gown.

Dagwood bought an eveining paper.

This is what it said -

Close your eyes and coutn to 10.

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.

 

Where learned: SOURCE UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): Charactor ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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Blondie and Dagwood

Blondie and Dagwood went downtown.

Blondie bought an evening gown.

Cooke bout a pair of shoes.

Dagwood bough the evening news and this is what it sadi to do.

"Close your eyes and count to ten and if you miss, take an end.

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Collector does not state where informant lives.

Collector and informant share the same surname.

Where learned: Learned in informants house.

Keyword(s): Charactor ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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