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GIVING SOMETHING SHARP

IF YOU GIVE SOMEONE SOMETHING SHARP LIKE A KNIFE
OR SCISSORS FOR A GIFT, THEY SHOULD GIVE YOU BACK A PENNY
SO THAT IT DOES NOT SEVER THE FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: DETROIT ; DAYTON ; MM I

Keyword(s): MONEY

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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BRIDE AND GROOM CUSTOM

TO PREVENT BAD LUCK DURING THE MARRIAGE, THE GROOM SHOULDN'T
SEE THE BRIDE BEFORE THE CEREMONY.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bride and groom must not see each other

Date learned: 00001950S

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IN LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, WHEN A PERSON ASKS SOMEONE
TO WAIT UNTIL THE DESIRED PARTY REACHES THE TELEPHONE,
INSTEAD OF SAYING, "HANG ON," OR "ONE MINUTE," THEY
SAY, "HOLD THE WIRE."

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 08-26-1969

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STEP ON A CRACK AND BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00001950S

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JUMP ROPE CHANT

NOT LAST NIGHT BUT THE NIGHT BEFORE.
TWENTY-FOUR ROBBERS CAME KNOCKIN AT MY DOOR.
AS I RAN OUT, THEY RAN IN.
I HIT EM ON THE HEAD WITH A ROLLING PIN.
I ASKED EM WHAT THEY WANTED - THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID;
"SPANISH DANCERS TURN AROUND.
SPANISH DANCERS TOUCH THE GROUND.
SPANISH DANCERS DO HIGH KICKS.
SPANISH DANCERS DO THE SPLITS."

Submitter comment: I REMEMBERED LEARNING THIS WHEN MY COUSIN AND I USED
TO JUMP ROPE TOGETHER.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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A BRIDE SHOULD WEAR SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 00001950S

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES IT MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO KISS
A FOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 00001950S

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IF YOU OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN A HOUSE OR OTHER BUILDING
IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 00001950S

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THE GUY WHO CATCHES THE BRIDE'S GARTER WILL BE THE
NEXT TO MARRY.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 00001950S

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WHOEVER GETS THE LARGEST PORTION OF A CHICKEN'S
WISHBONE WHEN TWO BREAK IT, HAS HIS WISH COME TRUE.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001950S

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"WOODS' KIDS"

WHEN CERTAIN UNFAVORABLE HAPPENINGS OCCUR WITHIN THE
ROSSER HOME, THE WOODS' KIDS ALWAYS TAKE THE BLAME. THESE
SMALL CREATURES INHABIT THE WOODS BEHIND THE HOUSE.

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Blame ; FAMILY ; Fanciful ; Invisible ; Legend ; Tale ; TRICKSTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Legend

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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BLOW OUT---MEANS TO PROCESS OR GET AN AFRO HAIRSTYLE.

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EDITOR.

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Afro ; Blow Out ; EUPHEMISM ; Hairstyle ; Nickname ; SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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SPOOK---MEANS ANYONE WHO IS BLACKER THAN YOU.

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Black ; COLOR ; Derisive ; ETHNIC ; Nickname ; SLANG ; Slur

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group
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Date learned: 06-00-1971

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AARDVARK---MEANS A WHITE PERSON DEEMED ACCEPTABLE.

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): COLOR ; RACE ; SLANG ; Slur ; White

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group
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Date learned: 06-00-1971

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TOUGH TILLY---MEANS A COWARD OR CRYBABY (USED IN
TAUNTING MANNER).

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Cry Baby ; Nickname ; SLANG ; TAUNT ; Tease ; Tough

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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RACKED UP---MEANS ASLEEP OR BEHAVING AS SUCH (NEGATIVE
CONNOTATION).

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; Nickname ; Rack ; SLANG ; SLEEP

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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COP DODGIN'---MEANS BEING IN TROUBLE

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Cop ; Dodging ; Nickname ; SLANG ; TROUBLE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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