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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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WELLERISM

'DESPONDENT DRAGONS NEVER EAT LITHUANIAN BREAD,' SAID THE
LITHUANIAN BAKER AS HE LOAFED IN THE DRAGON'S MOUTH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES THIS PROVERB COMES FROM THE MURKY RECESSES OF
A DISTURBED MIND AND IS, THEREFORE, UNRELIABLE.

Data entry tech comment: KEYPUNCHER SUSPECTS THIS PROVERB.

James Callow comment: KEYPUNCHER'S JOKE, NO DOUBT

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; FOOD ; PUN ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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SPEECH EXPRESSION

THE BREAD IS BREAD, THE WINE IS WINE. (TRANSLATION)
EL PAN, (SPANISH) PAN, EL VINO, VINO,

Submitter comment: IT MEANS TO CALL A THING FOR WHAT IT IS. IT IS SIMILAR TO THE
EXPRESSION 'CALL A SPADE A SPADE.'
THE EXPRESSION IS USED IN MOST SPANISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES, AND CAN
BE TRACED BACK TO THE DAYS OF THE MOORS IN SPAIN.
LEARNED IN THE INFORMANTS SPANISH CLASS.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCURACY? ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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RIGHT HAND

WHEN YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES YOU ARE GOING TO RECEIVE MONEY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN COLOMBIA, FROM LIVING THERE.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; BOGOTA ; COLOMBIA

Subject headings: Observation

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LEFT HAND

WHEN YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES YOU ARE
GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR SOMETHING.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN COLOMBIA, FROM LIVING THERE.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; BOGOTA ; COLOMBIA

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 06-12-1967

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ARGENTINIAN CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS IN ARGENTINA IS ALMOST IDENTICAL TO THE UNITED STATES
CHRISTMAS. INSTEAD OF HANGING SOCKS AROUND THE FIREPLACE THE
WHOLE FAMILY BRINGS DOWN THEIR SHOES AND THE PRESENTS ARE PLACED
AROUND THEM. I GUESS ONE OF THE REASONS THAT WE DO NOT USE SOCKS
IS THAT WE BASICALLY DON'T HAVE FIREPLACES IN USE AT CHRISTMAS
BECAUSE IT IS IN THE SUMMERTIME AND TOO WARM FOR THEM.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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ARGENTINIAN HALLOWEEN

IN ARGENTINA, EL DIA DE CARNIVAL IS A DAY LIKE HALLOWEEN.
IT IS ONE WEEK LONG IN LATE SPRING.
WE REALLY DON'T HAVE A HALLOWEEN LIKE THE UNITED STATES BUT
EVERYONE DRESSES UP IN VARIOUS COSTUMES AND THEN THEY PARADE
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY. THE WHOLE CITY PARADES AROUND IN
THEIR COSTUMES. THERE ARE ALSO ORGANIZED CLUBS WHICH PARADE DOWN
THE STREETS WITH THE LEADERS AND OFFICIALS OF THE CITY. HAVING
WATER FIGHTS AND SHAVING CREAM FIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY
IS ALSO A PART OF THE CELEBRATION.
THIS TAKES PLACE ONE WEEK LONG IN LATE SPRING.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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THERE WAS A FAMILY WE MET IN 1973 IN SAO PAULO.
THEY HAD MOVED INTO A HOUSE THAT ALWAYS HAD BAD LUCK.
ALL THE LOCAL PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE KNEW ABOUT THE BAD
LUCK WITH THIS HOUSE. THEY COULD NEVER KEEP A MAID
FOR VERY LONG. THEIR CHILDREN WERE ALWAYS SICK AND
HAVING PROBLEMS. THEY LIVED WITHOUT A MAID FOR
THREE YEARS. AFTER HAVING ALL THESE PROBLEMS THEY
FINALLY HIRED A WITCH FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY TO
COME IN AND EXORCISE THE HOUSE. AT SEVEN IN THE
EVENING A LADY COMES WITH HER FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD
DAUGHTER. THE WHOLE FAMILY WAS HOME. THE WITCH
STARTS PERFORMING A RITUAL AND CHANTING AND THE
DAUGHTER WENT INTO A TRANCE. THE DAUGHTER THEN
TOOK ON THE IDENTITIES OF THREE MEN AND THREE WOMEN
WHO HAD LIVED IN THE HOUSE AT DIFFERENT TIMES. SHE
REINACTED EACH PERSONALITY. HER VOICE SOUNDED LIKE A
MAN'S VOICE AT TIMES WHEN SHE TOOK ON A MAN'S
PERSONALITY. THIS LASTED FOR SEVERAL HOURS.
AT FOUR IN THE MORNING THE GIRL STARTED
VOMITTING AND WENT INTO SOME SORT OF CONVULSIONS.
ABOUT AN HOUR LATER THE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
LEAVE SAYING THAT THE HOUSE HAD BEEN CLEANSED OF
ALL THE EVIL SPIRITS. AT EIGHT IN THE MORNING
A MAID CAME TO THE DOOR LOOKING FOR WORK. EVER
SINCE THEN THEY HAD NO MORE HOUSEHOLD PROBLEMS
OR TRAUMAS AMONG THE FAMILY. THE MAID THAT CAME
ON THAT DAY THE WITCH HAD BEEN THERE STAYED.
THE MAN THAT LIVED IN THE HOUSE WITH HIS FAMILY
WAS THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF EASTMAN KODAK.

Where learned: BRAZIL ; SOUTH AMERICA ; SAO PAULO

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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IN CROSSING A RAILROAD TRACK IN AN AUTOMOBILE, RAISE YOUR
FEET TO INSURE A SAFE JOURNEY.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; BOGATA ; COLOMBIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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INTELLIGENCE

WHEN A PERSON POINTS TO HIS HEAD, HE'S INDICATING
THAT HE'S INTELLIGENT.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; BOGOTA ; COLOMBIA

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Congratulations Appreciation Self approval Boasting

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REGARDS TO HAND SHAKING -- WOMEN

TO SHAKE A WOMAN'S HAND, ONE GRASPS HER FOREARM
GENTLY AND PROCEEDS TO SHAKE HER HAND IN THIS MANNER.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; BOGOTA ; COLOMBIA

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.11
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: 06-12-1964

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TO WAVE GOODBYE, YOU WAVE YOUR HAND BACK AND FORTH OR FROM
LEFT TO RIGHT.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; BOGOTA ; COLOMBIA

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Goodbyes Leavetakings

Date learned: 06-12-1967

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DIDN'T HEAR

IN ORDER TO INDICATE THAT YOU DIDN'T HEAR SOMETHING
YOU CUP YOUR HAND OVER YOUR EAR.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN COLOMBIA, FROM LIVING THERE.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; BOGOTA ; COLOMBIA

Keyword(s): DEAFNESS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.2
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 06-12-1967

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TO CALL A PERSON TOWARD YOU, YOU WIGGLE YOUR FOREFINGER
TO{WARD} YOURSELF.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN COLOMBIA, FROM LIVING THERE.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; BOGOTA ; COLOMBIA

James Callow Keyword(s): COME HITHER GESTURE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 06-12-1967

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