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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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ENGLAND GOT HUNGRY,
ATE TURKEY,
SLIPPED ON GREECE
AND BROKE CHINA.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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COUNTING OUT

THIS VERSE WAS USED TO ELIMINATE PEOPLE IN ORDER TO FIND
OUT WHO WOULD BE "IT" FOR SOME GAME:
ENGINE, ENGINE NUMBER NINE,
RIDING DOWN CHICAGO LINE.
IF THE TRAIN GOES OFF THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
PERSON WHO IS POINTED TO ON THE WORD "BACK" SAYS EITHER
YES OR NO.
Y-E-S SPELLS YES, AND OUT YOU DO GO.
(N-O SPELLS NO AND OUT YOU DO GO)

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

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

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COUNTING OUT

EENY MEENY ITCHY GEEMY OU AH
UMBELLEENY I-O-WAKE I-O-WAKE-YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED IN DETERMINING WHO IS "IT" IN A PARTICULAR
GAME.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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CUSTOM--BELIEF

MY MOTHER ACTUALLY WASHED MY MOUTH OUT WITH SOAP ONCE WHEN I HAD
SAID SOMETHING WRONG. IT PARALLELED WASHING AWAY WHAT I HAD SAID,
BUT IT ACTUALLY MADE ME WISH TO AVOID THE TASTE BY REFRAINING FROM
REPEATING WHAT I HAD SAID.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; JERSEY CITY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ALMOST DOESN'T COUNT, EXCEPT IN HORSESHOES AND BOCCI BALL.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): GAMES

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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PROVERB

CANT HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO...UNLESS YOU HAVE TWO CAKES.'

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Keyword(s): VARIANT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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ENTERTAINMENT BELIEF

A NERVOUS STOMACH ALWAYS PRECEDES A GREAT PERFORMANCE.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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BIRTH BELIEF

IT IS A RUSSIAN BELIEF THAT YOU SHOULD CRY AT BIRTH, SINCE
THE BORN IS ENTERING THIS HELL WHILE YOU SHOULD REJOICE
AT DEATH SINCE THE DECEASED IS HEADING FOR A BETTER LIFE.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001950S

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PROVERB

WHEN I WAS LEAVING TO COME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT I TOLD MY
GIRLFRIEND THAT ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER. SHE REPLIED
WITH "OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND."

Submitter comment: TOLD IN JERSEY CITY IN DECEMBER, 1967

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; JERSEY CITY

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; RETORT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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"THREE CHURCHES"

ON GOOD FRIDAY, IT IS AN ITALIAN TRADITION TO VISIT THREE (3)
DIFFERENT CHURCHES AS A GESTURE OF REVERENCE.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 11-15-1969

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CUSTOM

WHEN WALKING ALONG A STREET, IT IS PROPER ETIQUETTE FOR THE MAN TO
WALK ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE LADY. THIS ORIGINATED IN MEDIEVAL
TIMES WHEN IT WAS PROPER FOR THE WOMAN TO WALK ON THE SIDE THAT
WOULD ALLOW THE MAN'S SWORD ARM TO BE FREE _ TO DEFEND THE YOUNG
LADY.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; NORTH PLAINFIELD

Keyword(s): STREET MEDIEVAL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001960S

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ON SUNDAY AFTER CHURCH THE PUERTO RICAN FAMILIES WITH GIRLS WALK ONE
OTHER OVER FOR PROSPECTIVE MARRIAGE PARTNERS.
OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET. IN THIS WAY THE BOYS AND GIRLS LOOK EACH
WAY ON ONE SIDE OF THE STREET AND THE FAMILIES WITH BOYS WALK ON THE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAW THIS DONE

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; DOVER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 02-26-1972

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BIRTH--DEATH BELIEF

IT IS A RUSSIAN BELIEF THAT YOU SHOULD CRY AT A BIRTH SINCE
THE BORN IS ENTERING THIS HELL WHILE YOU SHOULD REJOICE
AT DEATH SINCE THE DECEASED IS HEADING FOR A BETTER LIFE.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001950S

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PROVERB

WHEN I WAS LEAVING TO COME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT I TOLD MY
GIRLFRIEND THAT ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER. SHE REPLIED
WITH OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND

Submitter comment: TOLD IN JERSEY CITY IN DECEMBER 1967

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; JERSEY CITY

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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FOOD-VEGETABLE

IN THE OLD WEST A MAN ORDERED FRIED POTATOES CUT VERY THIN. WHEN
THE COOK BROUGHT OUT THE POTATOES, THE MAN COMPLAINED THAT THEY
WERE NOT THIN ENOUGH. THE COOK GOT SO MAD THAT HE RETURNED TO THE
KITCHEN AND CUT UP THE POTATOES RAZOR THIN AND FRIED THEM UP.
THE MAN THOUGHT THEY WERE DELICIOUS. THUS THE POTATO CHIP.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; NEWARK

Keyword(s): ORIGIN OF A FOOD ; ORIGIN OF A SNACK: THE POTATO CHIP

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A FIGHT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HIS MOTHER, ELIZABETH ZDROJESKI WHEN
HE WAS GROWING UP. ELIZABETH HEARD IT FROM HER MOTHER, MRS. RICE,
AROUND 1910.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; JERSEY CITY

Keyword(s): HUMANS SENSUAL EXPERIENCES SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams P841.72
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: CA00001968 ; 00-00-1910

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JEST ANECDOTE

A MAN CONDUCTED THE FOLLOWING EXPERIMENT: HE TOOK
A GLASS OF WATER AND A GLASS OF ALCOHOL AND
PLACED A LIVE WORM IN EACH. HE OBSERVED THAT IN
THE WATER, THE WORM SWAM ABOUT WHILE IN THE
ALCOHOL THE WORM CURLED UP AND DIED. HE DREW THE
CONCLUSION THAT IF YOU DRINK, YOU'LL NEVER GET
WORMS.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; NEWARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 00001971 EARLY

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ENTERTAINMENT BELIEF

IT IS A STAGE CUSTOM THAT BEFORE THE PRESENTATION
THE CAST PICKS A WORD, AT RANDOM, OUT OF THE
DICTIONARY. EACH CAST MEMBER, NO MATTER HOW SMALL
A PART, MUST FIT THAT WORD INTO THEIR DIALOG. IF
THIS IS ACHIEVED, GOOD LUCK WILL FOLLOW THE CAST AND
THE PRESENTATION WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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WHEN SOMEONE GETS EXCITED OVER SOMETHING YOU CAN
CALM HIM DOWN BY SAYING, "EASY GREASY, THERE'S A FUNGUS
AMONG US."

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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