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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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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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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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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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KICK THE CAN

A SODA CAN WAS PLACED ON A SEWER PLATE IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE STREET. WE CHOSE SOMEONE TO BE "IT." SOMEONE
ELSE KICKED THE CAN DOWN THE BLOCK. "IT" HAD TO RUN TO
GET THE CAN, NOT LOOKING BACK. AT THE SAME TIME THE
GUYS WOULD HIDE. "IT" WOULD WALK BACKWARDS TILL HE
REACHED THE SEWER PLATE. HE WOULD PUT THE CAN DOWN AND
TAP IT ON THE GROUND THREE TIMES. HE WOULD THEN SEEK
THE OTHERS. IF HE FOUND ONE, HE WOULD TAP THE CAN
THREE TIMES SAYING WHO HE SAW AND WHERE HE WAS HIDING
AND THEN "IT" WOULD KICK THE CAN. ONE CATCH, IF
"IT" STRAYED TOO FAR FROM THE CAN SEEKING SOMEONE, THEN
SOMEONE ELSE MIGHT COME OUT AND KICK THE CAN AGAIN.
"IT" WOULD HAVE TO START ALL OVER AND EVERYBODY ELSE
WOULD CHANGE HIDING PLACES.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; JERSEY CITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

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SCRATCHING YOUR HEAD. DONE WITH FOREFINGER AS IF TO
STIMULATE YOUR MIND TO REMEMBER SOMETHING OR TO
THINK BETTER.

Submitter comment: PICKED IT UP IN JERSEY CITY, N. J. WHEN I WAS 7 OR 8
YEARS OLD IN ABOUT 1954.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; JERSEY CITY

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
SPEECH -- Thinking Remembering Forgetting

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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