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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
A FACE LIKE YOURS, BELONGS IN A ZOO.
(SIGNED) FRAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

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

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUGAR IS SWEET AND SO ARE YOU.
"JAN"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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ROSES ARE RED, BIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUGAR IS SWEET, BUT NOT AS SWEET AS YOU.
"BILL"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

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

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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TULIPS IN THE GARDEN,
TULIPS IN THE PARK,
THE ONLY TULIPS I LIKE,
IS TWO LIPS IN THE DARK.
(SIGNED) SUE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

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THERE IS A METER IN MUSIC,
THERE IS A METER IN TONE,
BUT THE BEST KIND OF METER,
IS TO MEET 'ER ALONE.
(SIGNED) JOAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 04-09-1970

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THERE WAS A LITTLE BIRD WITH A LITTLE BILL,
WHO ONE DAY LANDED ON MY WINDOWSILL,
I COAXED HIM CLOSER AND CLOSER WITH A PIECE OF BREAD,
THEN I SLAMMED THE WINDOW ON HIS HEAD.
(SIGNED) BILL, "68

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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GHOSTS

THE MALTESE ANCESTORS BELIEVED IN GHOSTS, AND THE OLD PEOPLE OF
THE COUNTRY STILL BELIEVE THAT THESE GHOSTS HIDE UNDER STATUES
IN THE FORM OF A BLACK SNAKE. HE WATCHES THAT HOUSE AND PREDICTS
THAT THE FAMILY WILL KEEP ON GROWING FROM GENERATION TO GENERA-
TION. THIS SNAKE MUST NOT BE KILLED FOR IF THEY KILL HIM, A BIG
DISASTER WILL FALL UPON THAT FAMILY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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PROVERB

ONE WHO TRIES TO HIDE HIS SICKNESS DIES FROM IT

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; TAYLOR

Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; MEDICINE

James Callow Keyword(s): MEDICAL TREATMENT ; SECRETIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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CUSTOM

ON THE DAY AFTER EASTER, THE FIRST GIRL A BOY SAW, HE WOULD SPRINKLE
HER WITH WATER. HOWEVER ( , ) BOYS ARE BOYS WHEREVER YOU GO AND THEY
USUALLY USED A WHOLE BUCKET OF WATER ON EVERY GIRL THEY MET. THEIR
GIRL FRIENDS THEY SPRINKLED WITH PERFUME OR COLOGNE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs Added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Keyword(s): Boy ; Cologne ; COURTSHIP ; CUSTOM ; DYNGUS DAY ; Female ; Flirt ; Flirtation ; Girl ; holiday ; Male ; Perfume ; RITUAL ; Scent ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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CUSTOM

ON THE DAY AFTER EASTER, THE POLISH CHILDREN WOULD GO FROM HOUSE TO
HOUSE KNOCKING ON THE DOORS. THE PEOPLE INVITED THEM INSIDE
WHERE ONE OF THE CHILDREN WOULD BRUSH THE PERSON ACROSS THE ANKLES
WITH A SWITCH WHILE THE OTHERS RECITED A SPECIAL GROUP OF WORDS.
WHEN THEY WERE FINISHED, THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE WOULD GIVE THEM
A BLESSED EGG, A PIECE OF CANDY, OR IN MOST CASES, MONEY.
THIS WAS CALLED DINGUS DAY, THE NAME DERIVED FROM THE WORDS RECITED;
DINGUS, DINGUS, PODINGUS...

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; TAYLOR

Keyword(s): EASTER GIFTS ; RITUAL SPEECH ; RITUAL WHIPPING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.663
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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CUSTOM

ON THE MONDAY AFTER EASTER THE FARMERS BLESSED THE FOUR CORNERS
OF THEIR LAND WITH HOLY WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Keyword(s): SYMBOL: FOUR CORNERS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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CUSTOM

ON THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN, THE GIRLS MADE WREATHS FROM GREENS, PUT
A CANDLE IN THE MIDDLE, AND SET THEM AFLOAT. AS THEY FLOATED AWAY,
THE BOYS MADE A WISH WITH THE IDEA THAT THESE WREATHS WOULD MEET
OTHERS.
THIS CEREMONY IS COUPLED TO THE BELIEF THAT THE FERN HAS A
FLOWER WHICH BLOOMS ONLY ONCE A YEAR, ON THE NIGHT OF ST. JOHN'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 24 St. John's Day / Midsummer Day
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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CUSTOM

DURING THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE SINGLE GIRLS MELT METAL AND DROP
IT IN WATER. WHEN IT HARDENS, IF THE METAL COMES OUT SHINY, THE
GIRL WILL MARRY A HANDSOME MAN AND BE HAPPY, BUT IF IT COMES OUT
BLACK AND DULL, SHE WILL MARRY AN UGLY MAN AND BE UNHAPPY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 24 St. John's Day / Midsummer Day
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

IT IS BETTER TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND BE THOUGHT A FOOL, THAN
TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER THIS SAYING ESPECIALLY WHEN I AM WITH PEOPLE, SOME
LIBERAL AND SOME CONSERVATIVE, AND THEY ARE DISCUSSING SOME ISSUE
LIKE RELIGION OR POLITICS. AT THIS TIME, IT IS BETTER TO BE QUIET
AND JUST LISTEN THAN TRY AND VOICE AN OPINION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 07-00-1970

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FORMULA SPEECH: DRINKING TOAST

MAY YOU BE IN HEAVEN ONE HALF HOUR BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU ARE
THERE.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS WHILE WATCHING A MOVIE ON TELEVISION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.400
SPEECH -- Formula

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BIRTH

IT IS CUSTOMARY TO PUT A PINK OR BLUE BOW ON THE OUTSIDE DOOR OF
THE HOME TO ANNOUNCE THE BIRTH OF A BABY IN THAT FAMILY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT GAVE ME THIS ITEM WHILE VISITING AT MY HOME IN TAYLOR,
MICHIGAN. THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM A NEIGHBOR WHERE SHE LIVES
IN MARBLEHEAD, MASS. AND RECENTLY PUT THE CUSTOM INTO PRACTICE.
MARBLEHEAD, MASS. IS A VERY SMALL NEW ENGLAND TOWN ON THE COAST
APPROXIMATELY 40 MINUTES FROM BOSTON. THIS CUSTOM HAS BEEN PRACTICED
SINCE APPROXIMATELY THE TURN OF THE CENTURY AND IS STILL DONE TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 11-00-1977

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MARRIAGE: RECEPTION ACTIVITIES

AT THE RECEPTION OF A POLISH WEDDING, THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE MET
AT THE ENTRANCE BY THE HEAD COOK, WHO HAS PREPARED THE MEAL FOR THE
RECEPTION, WITH BREAD AND WATER. THE COUPLE, BEFORE ENTERING, WILL
EAT THE BREAD AND DRINK THE WATER AS A SYMBOL SO THAT IN THEIR
LIFETIME THEY MAY NEVER BY HUNGRY OR THIRSTY.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM IS SOMETIMES PRACTICED TODAY, DEPENDING ON THE PEOPLE
INVOLVED WITH THE RECEPTION DINNER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 11-00-1977 ; 00-00-1964

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BELIEF

IF THE PALM OF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, YOU WILL RECEIVE MONEY THAT
DAY OR IN THE NEAR FUTURE. IF THE PALM OF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES,
YOU WILL MEET SOMEONE ON THAT DAY OR IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

Submitter comment: THIS HAPPENS TO MY INFORMANT AND MYSELF ONCE IN AWHILE AND MOST
OF THE TIME IT COMES TRUE. MY MOTHER HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER
ABOUT 50 YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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SAYING

IF YOU CAN'T USE YOUR HEAD, YOU HAVE TO USE YOUR FEET.

Submitter comment: THE MEANING OF THIS SAYING IS THAT IF YOU DO NOT THINK AND PLAN
AHEAD FIRST, YOU WILL END UP RE-TRACING YOUR STEPS, MAKING MORE WORK
FOR YOURSELF THAN WHAT YOU INITIALLY SET OUT TO ACCOMPLISH.
IT NEVER FAILS THAT THIS SAYING ALWAYS COMES TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1967 ; 00-00-1935

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BELIEF

IF YOU DREAM OR HAVE A NIGHTMARE ABOUT THE DEVIL, BLESS YOURSELF
WHEN YOU AWAKE TO CALM YOUR FEARS AND HELP KEEP THE DEVIL AWAY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO MY MOTHER BY HER MOTHER ABOUT 50 YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about the supernatural
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-00-1977 ; 00-00-1930

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