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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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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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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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IT IS THE CUSTOM OF POLISH PEOPLE TO PIN MONEY ON THE
DRESS OF THE BRIDE AS AN OFFERING FOR THE PRIVILEGE
OF DANCING WITH HER AT THE RECEPTION. THE BRIDE
THEN TAKES ALL THE BILLS (USUALLY MEN PIN ON ONE
DOLLAR BILLS) AND THEY ARE HERS TO KEEP.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Paying for dance

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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RED ROVER

THE PLAYERS LINE UP IN TWO EQUAL LINES, FACING EACH OTHER.
THE CAPTAIN OF ONE TEAM SHOUTS, "RED ROVER, RED ROVER,
LET (NAME) COME OVER!" UPON WHICH THE NAMED PERSON RUNS
FROM THE OTHER SIDE (HE IS A MEMBER OF THE OTHER TEAM
TO START WITH). THE RECEIVING TEAM HOLDS HANDS TO
FORM A WALL OF SORTS, WHICH THE RUNNER TRIES TO BREACH.
IF HE DOES, HIS TEAM GETS A MEMBER OF THEIR CHOOSING
FROM THEIR OPPONENTS, BUT IF HE DOESN'T BREACH THE
LINE, HE JOINS THE OPPOSITE TEAM. WHEN ONE MEMBER IS
LEFT ON A TEAM, THE OTHER TEAM WINS.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RED ROVER, RED ROVER

THERE ARE TWO TEAMS, PLACED IN PARALLEL LINES SOME
DISTANCE FROM EACH OTHER. EVERYONE HOLDS HANDS, WHILE
THE TEAMS ALTERNATE IN CALLING AN OPPOSING MEMBER OVER
TO ATTEMPT TO BREAK THROUGH THEIR LINE. THE CALLING
CHIME IS: RED ROVER, RED ROVER, LET (NAME) CROSS OVER.
IF THE PERSON BREAKS THROUGH, HE CAN TAKE AN OPPOSING
MEMBER OVER TO HIS RANKS. IF HE LOSES, HE MUST STAY
WITH THAT TEAM. THE TEAM THAT WINS ALL THE KIDS, WINS
THE GAME.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOUR EAR BUZZES OR RINGS, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT
YOU AT THAT MOMENT.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
Observation

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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IF YOU GO BY AN EMPTY ROCKING CHAIR AND PUSH ON ONE ARM
AND MAKE IT ROCK, IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY
IS GOING TO DIE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 00001950S

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