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SPIRIT OF THE HOUSE

IT IS AN ITALIAN BELIEF THAT EVERY HOUSEHOLD HAS A GOOD
SPIRIT THAT REMAINS WITH IT AND SOMETIMES CAN BE SEEN.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; AUBURN

James Callow Keyword(s): COBOLD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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SPIRIT OF THE HOUSE

IT IS AN ITALIAN BELIEF THAT EVERY HOUSEHOLD HAS A GOOD
SPIRIT THAT REMAINS WITH IT, AND CAN SOMETIMES BE SEEN.

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Where learned: NEW YORK ; AUBURN

Keyword(s): GHOST ; Haunt ; HAUNTED HOUSE ; Home ; House ; Italian ; SPIRIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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BELIEF

THE PERSON WHO TAKES THE LAST SERVING OR PIECE OF BREAD WILL
BE AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; AUBURN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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BELIEF

BORN BY LIGHTNING, CAN'T BE HURT BY ANYTHING NATURAL OR HUMAN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; AUBURN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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PROVERB

NO MOON, NO MAN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; AUBURN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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ANIMAL BELIEF

GRASSHOPPERS SPIT TOBACCO.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; AUBURN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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BELIEF

YOU HAVE TO TELL BEES EVERYTHING. IF THE BEEKEEPER DIES, YOU
HAVE TO TELL THE BEES BEFORE SUNDOWN OR THEY'LL ALL DIE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; AUBURN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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BELIEF

THE HAIR FROM A HORSE'S TAIL PUT IN WATER WILL TURN INTO A
SNAKE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; AUBURN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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BELIEF

A HOMOSEXUAL WILL HAND YOU SCISSORS POINT FORWARD.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM SPANISH OR LATIN AMERICAN ROOMMATE AT LSU,

Where learned: ALABAMA ; AUBURN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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BELIEF

MOST MEN WILL LOOK INTO THEIR GLASS WHEN THEY DRINK, BUT A
WILL LOOK OUT OVER HIS GLASS.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM SPANISH OR LATIN AMERICAN ROOMMATE AT LSU.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; AUBURN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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IF YOU PREFER SUNRISES TO SUNSETS, YOU ARE A DREAMER.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; AUBURN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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EARWIGS WILL GET INTO YOUR EARS AND THEN EAT YOUR BRAINS OUT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT'S NURSE, SALLY, HAD HIM TERRIFIED OF EARWIGS

Where learned: ALABAMA ; AUBURN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

BUSY AS A BUCKET FULL OF MAGGOTS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID THAT HE HAS HEARD THIS EXPRESSION MANY
TIMES WHILE GROWING UP IN NORTHERN ALABAMA, AND IN RECENT
YEARS IN AUBURN, ALABAMA. HE USES THE EXPRESSION HIMSELF
IN CASUAL CONVERSATION TO INDICATE ANYONE WHO IS VERY BUSY
DOING SOMETHING.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; AUBURN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

YOU'LL NEED TO LICK THAT CALF AGAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS EXPRESSION IS USED BY THE INFORMANT'S MOTHER, HAZEL DARDEN,
BORN IN NORTH ALABAMA, WHO LIVES IN AUBURN, ALABAMA. THE EXPRES-
SION MEANS THAT IF YOU DON'T DO A JOB RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, IT
WOULD HAVE TO BE DONE OVER CORRECTLY. IF YOU ARE WATCHING
SOMEONE DO A JOB, AND THEY ARE NOT DOING A GOOD JOB, THEN YOU
SAY, "YOU'LL HAVE TO LICK THAT CALF AGAIN." THE INFORMANT
SAYS THAT HIS MOTHER HAS SAID THIS ALL HER LIFE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; AUBURN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SPIRIT OF THE HOUSE

ITALIANS BELIEVE THAT EVERY HOUSEHOLD HAS A GOOD SPIRIT,
OR GHOST. THE INFORMANT SAYS THAT SHE WAS LYING AWAKE
IN BED LATE ONE NIGHT ABOUT 35 YEARS AGO. SHE HEARD A
CREAKING NOISE OUTSIDE THE DOOR OF THE BEDROOM AND SAW
THE FIGURE OF THE WOMAN WITH DARK HAIR AND A WHITE
NIGHTGOWN GLIDE BY INTO THE LIVING ROOM. SHE THOUGHT
ONE OF HER FOUR DAUGHTERS HAD COME DOWNSTAIRS, BUT SHE
HAD HEARD NO ONE ON THE STAIRWAY. MRS. TROIANI GOT OUT
OF BED AND WENT INTO THE LIVING ROOM. THERE WAS NO ONE
THERE. SHE THEN WENT UPSTAIRS AND FOUND ALL FOUR
DAUGHTERS FAST ASLEEP. THE DAUGHTERS INSIST STILL THAT
THEY DID NOT GO DOWNSTAIRS THAT NIGHT. MRS. TROIANI
BELIEVES THAT SHE SAW THE "SPIRIT OF THE HOUSE."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; AUBURN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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SPIRIT OF THE HOUSE

ITALIANS BELIEVE THAT EVERY HOUSEHOLD HAS A GOOD SPIRIT,
OR GHOST. THE INFORMANT SAYS THAT SHE WAS LYING AWAKE
IN BED LATE ONE NIGHT ABOUT 35 YEARS AGO. SHE HEARD A
CREAKING NOISE OUTSIDE THE DOOR OF THE BEDROOM AND SAW
THE FIGURE OF THE WOMAN WITH DARK HAIR AND A WHITE
NIGHTGOWN GLIDE BY INTO THE LIVING ROOM. SHE THOUGHT
ONE OF HER FOUR DAUGHTERS HAD COME DOWNSTAIRS, BUT SHE
HAD HEARD NO ONE ON THE STAIRWAY. MRS. TROIANI GOT OUT
OF BED AND WENT INTO THE LIVING ROOM. THERE WAS NO ONE
THERE. SHE THEN WENT UPSTAIRS AND FOUND ALL FOUR
DAUGHTERS FAST ASLEEP. THE DAUGHTERS INSIST STILL THAT
THEY DID NOT GO DOWNSTAIRS THAT NIGHT. MRS. TROIANI
BELIEVES THAT SHE SAW THE "SPIRIT OF THE HOUSE."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; AUBURN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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