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MAGIC OF SPEECH

TO KEEP SPOOKS AWAY WHEN WALKING PAST A CEMETERY, YOU MUST
WHISTLE.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LIVES NEXT TO A CEMETERY, AND DID THIS WHEN I WAS WITH
HER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

WHISTLING WILL SUMMON A GHOST--F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLIN

Keyword(s): CEMETERY ; GHOST ; GRAVEYARD ; Haunt ; Haunt ; Spook ; SUPERSTITION ; Whistle

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-00-1967

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WHENEVER SIGHTING A (PURE) WHITE HORSE IN OUR MANY
TRAVELS AS CHILDREN, GOOD LUCK WOULD VISIT US IF
WE:: LICKED OUR THUMB OF THE RIGHT HAND, THEN WIPED
THE PALM OF OUR LEFT HAND WITH IT, FINALLY SMACKING
THE STILL-OPEN LEFT HAND PALM WITH THE RIGHT-HAND
CLINCHED FIST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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IF YOU EAT BLACK-EYED PEAS AND HOG JOWL ON NEW YEAR'S DAY,
YOU WILL HAVE MONEY ALL YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU PICK UP YOUR HUSBAND'S CLOTHES ON THE FIRST DAY OF
YOUR MARRIAGE, YOU WILL PICK THEM UP FOR THE REST OF YOUR
LIFE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT IS RAINING, IT WILL RAIN
AT THE SAME TIME TOMORROW.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THE GROUND HOG SEES HIS SHADOW ON GROUNDHOG'S DAY,
FEBRUARY 2, WE WILL HAVE SIX WEEKS (MORE) OF WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: 686 Sixths / Six
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU DREAM OF THE DEAD, YOU'LL HEAR FROM THE LIVING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: 841 Dreams about the dead and sick
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about the dead and sick
BELIEF -- Dreams Hear from the living

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IF IT RAINS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, IT WILL RAIN EVERY DAY OF
THE YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 00001970 ASSUMED

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IF YOU HAVE COLD HANDS, YOU ARE FALLING IN LOVE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Marriage

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IF YOU DROP THE DISH CLOTH, SOMEONE IS COMING TO VISIT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IF YOU HAVE A FIGHT OR ARGUMENT ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, YOU WILL
ARGUE WITH THIS PERSON ALL YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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THERE IS A RED BIRD ON YOUR RIGHT;
YOU WILL SEE YOUR FELLOW BEFORE NIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IF THE ROOSTER CROWS ON THE DOOR STEP, SOMEONE IS
COMING TO VISIT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IF YOUR SECOND TOE IS LONGER THAN YOUR BIG TOE, YOU ARE GOING
TO BE THE BOSS IN YOUR FAMILY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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IF YOUR PALM ITCHES, YOU WILL COME INTO MONEY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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IF YOU BLOW THE FUZZ OFF A DANDELION, YOU HAVE THE SAME NUMBER
OF BOYFRIENDS AS THE NUMBER OF FEATHERS YOU CAN BLOW OFF.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

Keyword(s): SEEDS SEED HEAD

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO MOVE AN OLD BROOM TO A NEW HOUSE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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IF YOU RAISE YOUR FEET WHILE GOING OVER A RAILROAD TRACK, YOU
WILL LOSE YOUR BOYFRIEND.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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IF YOU COUNT THE CARS IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION, YOU WILL BE
THE NEXT TO DIE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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