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RED CLOUDS AT NIGHT,
SHEHPHERD'S DELIGHT,
RED CLOUDS IN THE MORNING,
SHEPHERD'S WARNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance P880.800

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: ROUND AS A BISCUIT,/ BUSY AS A BEE;/ CUTEST LITTLE THING/ YOU
EVER DID SEE.
A: A WATCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Keyword(s): CLOTHES (A) ; EATABLES (Q) ; INSECT (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

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

Date learned: 09-12-1969

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CROUP

USE HOG LARD, POLECAT GREASE, AND WARM LAMP OIL AS A CHEST POTION FOR
THE CROUP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Keyword(s): POULTICE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-12-1969

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WORMS

A DROP OF TURPENTINE ON A TEASPOON OF SUGAR FOR WORMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

"GREEN AS GOOSE SHIT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

SHE'S SO SKINNY THAT IF SHE TURNED SIDEWAYS AND STUCK
OUT HER TONGUE, SHE'D LOOK LIKE A ZIPPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

I'M SO HUNGRY THAT EVERY TIME I SWALLOW, MY STOMACH
SAYS 'MUCH OBLIGED.'

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PRETENDED OBSCENE

WHAT HAPPENS IF A NEWLY-WED COUPLE DO NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN LUBRICATING JELLY AND PUTTY? THEIR WINDOWS FALL OUT)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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NAMING

FISHIES--NAME GIVEN TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL KIDS BY THE PUBLIC SCHOOL
KIDS, STEMMING FROM WHEN THE CATHOLICS COULDN'T EAT MEAT ON FRIDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY AND THEN MY BROTHER TAKEN SICK. THEN
MY MOTHER CAME TO MY BEDSIDE AND STOOD IN THE DOOR ONE MORNING.
I WAS LAYING THERE, I WASN'T SLEEP, AND SHE CALLED MY NAME THREE
TIMES...MARTHA...MARTHA...MARTHA. SHE SAID GO AND SEE ABOUT
BUDDY. BUDDY WAS MY BROTHER, BUT HIS NAME WAS CHARLIE. SHE SAID
HE'S SICK AND I WENT OVER TO SEE ABOUT HIM AND HE WAS SICK.
HE WAS LYING THERE SO SICK, I ASKED HIM, BUDDY, WHY DIDN'T YOU
LET ME KNOW YOU WERE SICK. HE SAID, WELL I DIDN'T WANT TO BOTHER
YOU. I SAID THAT'S NOT BOTHERING ME, I'M SUPPOSE TO HELP YOU
WHEN YOU GET SICK AND WHEN I GET SICK YOU SUPPOSE TO TAKE CARE OF
ME. IT HURTED ME SO BAD I CRIED BECAUSE HE WAS SO SICK I COULDN'T
HELP HIM. I WASHED CLOTHES AND IRONED FOR HIM AND DID OTHER
THINGS TOO. BUT HE BECAME MORE SICK AND HE PASSED AWAY AND THAT
WAS THE END OF THAT.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER ALSO TOLD ME THAT HER SECOND HUSBAND HAD VISITED
HER AFTER HE DIED. SHE SAID SHE TOLD THE PASTOR'S WIFE ABOUT IT,
BUT SHE DIDN'T BELIEVE IT. MY GRANDMOTHER SAID IT WAS TRUE. SHE
SAID HER FIRST HUSBAND ALSO CAME TO SEE ABOUT HER. SHE SAID SHE
HAD NO REASON TO LIE. IT REALLY DID HAPPEN. SHE SAID THEY BOTH
TALKED TO HER AND JUST VANISHED AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; ECORSE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Superstition

Break a mirror and you'll have seven years of bad luck. Open an
umbrella indoors and something bad will happen to you. Walk
underneath a ladder and you'll have an accident.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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ROUGH AS A COB.

Submitter comment: SAID OF A BOISTROUS PERSON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-12-1969

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

I WANT ____________ SO MUCH I CAN ALMOST TASTE IT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Keyword(s): FOOD DESIRE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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TALK SPEECH

THOSE PANTS MUST HAVE BEEN SPRAYED ON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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FOLK SPEECH

WHATEVER TURNS YOU ON.

Submitter comment: (MEANING "WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO")

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

WRINKLED AS A CAT'S ASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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