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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES,
BUT WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME.

Submitter comment:

REPLY TO A TAUNT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): BONES ; Defense ; poem ; Reverse Taunt ; RHYME ; SONG ; Sticks ; STONES ; TAUNT ; WORDS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- P870 P870.570

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PEAS PORRIDGE HOT, PEAS PORRIDGE COLD,
PEAS PORRIDGE IN THE POT, NINE DAYS OLD.
SOME LIKE IT HOT, SOME LIKE IT COLD.
SOME LIKE IT IN THE POT, NINE DAYS OLD.

SECOND VERSE--SUBSTITUTE "ONE DAY OLD" FOR "NINE DAYS OLD"

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.522

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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PROVERB

BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP, BUT IT HELPS.

Submitter comment: CORRUPTION OF THE FAMILIAR.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; HOME

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR ; PARODY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SLEEP SAYING

DEAD TO THE WORLD.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Keyword(s): COSMOS

James Callow Keyword(s): ASLEEP

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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DOCTORS' PHILOSOPHY

DOCTORS ALWAYS BURY THEIR MISTAKES.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): INCOMPETENCY ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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DOOR LOCKS ON INSIDE

THE DOOR LOCKS FROM THE INSIDE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): PRECAUTION?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN

IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE NO MORE
IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE
HOW IN THE HECK CAN THE OLD FOLKS TELL
THAT IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE.

MOSQUITO HE FLY HIGH, MOSQUITO HE FLY LOW
O MOSQUITO LIGHT ON ME, AND YE AIN'T GONNA FLY NO MORE.

IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE NO MORE
IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE
HOW IN THE HECK CAN I WASH MY NECK
IF IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE.

A PEANUT SAT ON A RAILROAD TRACK, ITS HEART ALL A FLUTTER.
AROUND THE BEND CAME 416, TOOT TOOT, PEANUT BUTTER.

IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE NO MORE
IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE
HOW IN THE HECK CAN THE OLD FOLKS TELL
THAT IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE.

Submitter comment:

Learned in childhood.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL-INSECT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD

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BAD LUCK IN THREES

BAD LUCK, ESPECIALLY DEATHS, COMES IN THREES.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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HOLY WATER

WHENEVER YOU DIP YOUR HAND INTO THE HOLY WATER DISH, YOU SHOULD
SHAKE THE EXCESS DROPS OFF BEFORE YOU MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS.
EACH DROP THAT YOU SHAKE OFF QUENCHES THE THIRST OF ONE SOUL IN
PURGATORY. THAT SOUL THEN GOES TO HEAVEN.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TOLD TO ME AS A BELIEF.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person. She learned this in childhood.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 00001956 CHILDHOOD

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SLEEPING IN CHURCH

IF YOU FALL ASLEEP IN CHURCH, AN USHER WILL COME AND TICKLE
YOUR NOSE TO WAKE YOU.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS DONE TO HIM IN HIS YOUNGER DAYS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant told to collector, his son, during childhood.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HOLY COMMUNION

WHEN I WAS AROUND EIGHT YEARS OLD, I BELIEVED IF I CHEWED THE HOST,
MY TEETH WOULD ROT.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PATTY THE BAG

APPARENTLY, IN IRELAND PATTY THE BAG IS A WITCH CREATURE WITH
WHICH CHILDREN ARE THREATENED IF THEY MISBEHAVE,
E.G. IF YOU DON'T WATCH OUT, PATTY THE BAG WILL TAKE YOU.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HAD KNOWN OF THE LEGEND SINCE HER CHILDHOOD IN IRELAND.
SHE WAS BORN C. 1870

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; IRELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P435,

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GESTURE

A GESTURE OF PUSHING THE FRONT TEETH WITH THE THUMB WHEN YOUR TONGUE
GETS TIED.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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FOR BETTER OR WORSE

FOR BETTER OR WORSE, BUT NOT FOR LUNCH.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; MARRIED LIFE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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RETORT

I'LL POINT YOUR TOES AND POUND YOU RIGHT INTO THE GROUND.

Submitter comment: SOMETHING HE SAYS IN ANGER.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ANSWERING THE TELEPHONE

PHONE RINGS, YOU PICK UP THE RECEIVER, "JOE'S POOL
HALL, EIGHTBALL SPEAKING."

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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WHEN WALKING THROUGH A CEMETERY, IT IS DISRESPECTFUL TO
THE DEAD TO WALK OVER THEIR GRAVES.

Submitter comment: TAUGHT TO ME AT A YOUNG AGE--DETAILS VAGUE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED AND SOMETHING BLUE.
HAPPY THE BRIDE THE SUN SHINES ON.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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AFTER THE CEREMONY IS OVER, THE BRIDE TOSSES HER
BOUQUET AND THE MAIDEN WHO CATCHES IT IS SUPPOSED
TO WED NEXT.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bouquet toss

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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