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SUPERSTITION

PLANT TOMATOES, CUKES ETC. WHEN THE ALMANAC SAYS THE MOON IS
RIGHT OR YOU WILL HAVE BLOOMS-DAY. 'ALL BLOOMS AND NO
FRUIT.'

Submitter comment: THIS SUPERSTITION WAS LEARNED IN CLARKSVILLE, MISSISSIPPI.
IT IS NOW IRRELEVANT TO THE INFORMANT.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; CLARKSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; CUKES=CUCUMBERS VEGETABLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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THERE IS A BELIEF IN THE THEATRE THAT A BAD FINAL DRESS
REHEARSAL PERFORMANCE MEANS A GOOD OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE.
BY HE SAME TOKEN, A GOOD FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL PERFORMANCE
SHOULD WARN THE ACTOR THAT HE IS LIABLE TO GIVE A POOR
PERFORMANCE OPENING NIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLARKSVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
DRAMA -- D000
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A WOMAN TO ENTER A HOUSE FIRST ON NEW YEAR'S
DAY. FOR GOOD LUCK, A MAN MUST ENTER FIRST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLARKSVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck Sex
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sex
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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FOR GOOD LUCK, ONE SHOULD COOK BLACK EYED PEAS ON NEW YEAR'S
DAY. IF YOU PUT A DIME IN THE PEAS YOU WILL HAVE MONEY
AND THE PERSON WHO GETS THE DIME ON HIS PLATE WILL MAKE THE
MOST MONEY DURING THE COMING YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLARKSVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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THERE IS A BELIEF IN THE THEATRE THAT IT IS BAD LUCK TO WISH
AN ACTOR GOOD LUCK ON A PERFORMANCE. THE PERSON INSTEAD WISHES
THE ACTOR BAD LUCK BY SAYING "BREAK A LEG." THIS IN TURN WILL
BRING THE ACTOR GOOD LUCK ON HIS PERFORMANCE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLARKSVILLE

Subject headings: DRAMA -- D000
BELIEF -- P82
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SAYING

AIN'T NOTHIN' GROWIN' BUT JOHNSON GRASS AND THE CHURCH
OF CHRIST.

Submitter comment: MRS. YOUNG HEARD THIS PHRASE ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO IN MIDDLE
TENNESSEE. SHE SAYS THAT EVERYBODY BACK HOME (MONTGOMERY
COUNTY) USES THIS PHRASE. I HAD ASKED HER IF SHE KNEW ANY
CLARKSVILLE SAYINGS (THIS WAS ON JULY 25, 1968).

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLARKSVILLE ; ROUTE 3 ; CARDINAL LANE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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COMPARISON TO A STUCK HOG

TO BLEED LIKE A STUCK HOG.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLARKSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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