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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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VERSE

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
AND HOO BOY WOULD I LIKE TO MAKE OUT WITH YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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VERSE

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLACK,
AND YOU'D LOOK BETTER WITH A KNIFE IN YOUR BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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VERSE

FORGET ME NOT, FORGET ME NEVER.
AND I SHALL BE, YOUR LOVE FOREVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Forget me not

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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MAN ON HORSEBACK

IF SOMEONE COMES TO YOUR HOUSE, YOU ONLY ASK HIM ONCE TO EAT, BUT
IF HE'S ON HORSEBACK, YOU ASK HIM TWICE BECAUSE HE HAS TO GET DOWN
FROM HIS HORSE FIRST.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT AS A CHILD BY HIS ITALIAN BORN FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

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

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CROOKED ANGEL

IF YOU ARE ACTING LIKE AN IDIOT, MAKING CROOKED FACES, WALKING
CRIPPLED, THE CROOKED ANGEL MIGHT PASS AND YOU WILL REMAIN THAT WAY
FOREVER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD ME THIS EXACTLY AS IT IS DOWN HERE. SHE HEARD THIS
FROM HER MOTHER AS A CHILD.

James Callow comment: PARALLEL BELIEF: IF THE WIND CHANGES WHILE YOU'RE FROWNING,
YOUR FACE WILL STAY THAT WAY
LIKE THE GAME STATUES--PATRICIA A. CALLOW

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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FOR A MAN

DIANE, THE MORE YOU DO FOR A MAN, THE MORE HE'LL KICK YOU RIGHT IN
YOUR ACE. (?)

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO MY MOTHER BY A BILOXI MISS. WOMAN CALLED
MRS. GARENFLOW ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; SEXISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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SUPERSTITION ABOUT SCISSORS (POLISH)

POLISH BELIEF. YOU MUST NEVER HAND A PAIR OF SCISSORS OR A KNIFE
TO A PERSON. BECAUSE THIS WILL SEVER THE FRIENDSHIP. YOU LAY
THEM DOWN ON A TABLE AND LET THE OTHER PERSON PICK THEM UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; HOSTILITY

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

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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GOOD FRIDAY

"ON GOOD FRIDAY, YOU MUST NEVER SWEEP THE FLOOR BECAUSE GOD IS DEAD
AND YOU MIGHT SWEEP HIM OUT."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT GOT THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHO BELIEVES IN THIS FERVENTLY.
THIS WAS GOTTEN ( WRITTEN ) DOWN VERBATIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): BROOMS ; WORK TABOO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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GOOD FRIDAY BREAD

IF YOU BAKE BREAD ON GOOD FRIDAY, IT WOULD BE THE BEST, BECAUSE
ORIGINALLY ON THE FIRST GOOD FRIDAY, A WOMAN WAS MAKING BREAD
AND OUR LORD PASSED WITH THE CRUCIFIX. WITH A TOWEL TO COVER THE
BREAD, SHE WIPED CHRIST'S FACE. FROM THEN ON, AND ( SIC ) BREAD MADE
ON GOOD FRIDAY WOULD BE THE BEST EVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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POLISH EASTER CUSTOM

ON HOLY SATURDAY, MY BROTHERS AND I USUALLY ACCOMPANIED MY MOTHER TO
CHURCH. WE TOOK WITH US FOOD THAT WOULD BE EATEN ON EASTER SUNDAY.
NOT ALL OF THE FOOD WOULD BE TAKEN, OF COURSE, BUT MERELY
REPRESENTATIVE PORTIONS. OUR BASKET WOULD CONTAIN A FEW LINKS OF
KIELBASA, SOME SLICES OF HAM, SEVERAL BOILED EGGS, A PORTION OF A
COFFEE CAKE WHICH MY MOTHER BAKED ONLY AT CHRISTMAS AND EASTER,
( AND ) SOME POTATOES WHICH WERE TO BE USED IN THE POTATO SALAD. I
BELIEVE WE WENT TO CHURCH IN THE AFTERNOON, WHEN LENT WAS
OFFICIALLY ENDED AND THERE THE PRIEST WOULD WALK UP AND DOWN THE
AISLES AND BLESS THE EASTER BASKETS WITH HOLY WATER. SOME PARISHES
IN WHICH WE LIVED DID NOT PRACTICE THIS CUSTOM AND FOR MANY YEARS WE
DID NOT HAVE OUR FOOD BLESSED. NOW, MY PARISH, WHICH IS BY NO MEANS
COMPRISED OF A POLISH ETHNIC GROUP, HAS BEGUN THE PRACTICE. THE
PEOPLE IN OUR SUBURB ARE CLAIMING THAT THIS PARISH IS THE ONLY ONE
TO DO THIS AND ( THAT ) IT IS A ROSEVILLE CUSTOM, NOT RELATED
IN ANY WAY TO POLISH CUSTOMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SWIECZONKA ; WATER

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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EASTER CUSTOM (POLISH)

( THE ) WHOLE FAMILY MUST EAT PIECES OF A BLESSED EGG TOGETHER
BEFORE THEY EAT EASTER DINNER. THE SYMBOLISM IS A
CORRELATION BETWEEN CHRIST COMING OUT OF THE TOMB WITH NO HELP AND
THE EGG COMING OUT OF THE HEN WITH NO HELP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): FAMILY UNITY ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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NOBILITY

IN ITALY, PEOPLE ARE VERY CLASS CONSCIOUS. MY GREAT GRANDFATHER
WAS OF THE NOBILITY THERE. HE MARRIED AND CAME TO AMERICA ALONG
WITH COUSINS THROUGH MARRIAGE (NOT OF NOBILITY). THERE, THE COUSINS
STRUCK IT RICH IN NEW YORK IN CONSTRUCTION AND THE GREAT GRAND_
FATHER JUST HAD A SMALL STORE. FINALLY, 20 YRS. LATER, NOT TRAVELING
TOGETHER, BOTH GRANDFATHER AND RELATIVES RETURNED TO THE TOWN AT
THE SAME TIME; THE WHOLE TOWN TURNED OUT TO GREET THE GREAT_GRAND_
FATHER. BUT FOR THE COUSINS (WHO WERE HANDING OUT MONEY), THEY
PRACTICALLY WERE IGNORED DESPITE THEIR WEALTH. THE COUSINS NEVER
FORGOT THIS AND RESENTED THE GRANDFATHER UNTIL THE DAY HE DIED.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

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

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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SONG

DID YOU EVER GO FISHING ON A BRIGHT SUNDAY?
SIT ON THE DOCK AND FISH ALL DAY,
WITH YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS
AND YOUR POCKETS IN YOUR PANTS,
WATCH THOSE FISHES DO THE HULA HULA DANCE.

Submitter comment: ( SUNG TO THE TUNE OF ANY SQUARE DANCE )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; GENE ; TOLD AT HER HOME TO HER SON

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

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BURNING PALM

WHENEVER A BAD STORM OCCURED, PIECES OF
PALMS RECEIVED ON PALM SUNDAY WERE BURNED
TO INSURE PROTECTION FOR THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 03-27-1970

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TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL

CU BEDDA VOLE PARIRE Y GUEI E PENA, DEVE SOFRIRE. (ITALIAN)
HE WHO WANTS TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL, MUST SUFFER MUCH WOE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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"17" (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

TO ITALIANS, THE NUMBER, "SEVENTEEN", IS CONSIDERED HARD LUCK.
SO WHEN MAKING MEATBALLS, FOR INSTANCE,
THEY WILL MAKE "16" OR "18" MEATBALLS BUT NEVER "17".

Submitter comment: INFORMATIONT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER IN NEW YORK AS A CHILD.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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SUPERSTITION ABOUT SCISSORS (POLISH)

POLISH BELIEF. YOU MUST NEVER HAND A PAIR OF SCISSORS OR A KNIFE
TO A PERSON. BECAUSE THIS WILL SEVER THE FRIENDSHIP. YOU LAY
THEM DOWN ON A TABLE AND LET THE OTHER PERSON PICK THEM UP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; m Friendship ; Relationship ; Sever ; Sharp ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; HOSTILITY

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

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM (POLISH)

A POLISH CUSTOM ON CHRISTMAS EVE IS THAT THE FAMILY MUST EAT NINE
DIFFERENT KINDS OF FOOD TO REPRESENT THE NINE MONTHS OF WAITING
FOR THE BIRTH OF THE CHRIST CHILD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; POLISH ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing F686.1

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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SAYING

I'VE SEEN SICKER DOGS GET WELL BUT MOST DIE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS COMMENTING ON AN UNATTRACTIVE GIRL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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