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SUPERSTITION

TO STUMP YOUR FOOT IS TO PRODUCE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS FIRST HEARING THIS BELIEF FROM A
FRIEND WHO SAID THAT MAN'S FEET IS HIS FOUNDATION, AND TO
STUMP YOUR LEFT TOE IS TO STUMP OR SHAKE YOUR VERY
FOUNDATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LUNCHROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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SUPERSTITION

SNEEZING, WHILE EATING, IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SEEN AS BAD LUCK BECAUSE IT WAS LOOKED UPON AS THE
RELEASE OF GERMS THAT WOULD CAUSE ILLNESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LUNCHROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-14-1979

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU SPIN A CHAIR AROUND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLOOR
SOMEONE WILL GO CRAZY.

Submitter comment: HERE, A COMPARISON WAS MADE BETWEEN A SPINNING CHAIR AND A SPINNING
MIND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LUNCHROOM

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-14-1979

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SUPERSTITION

CUTTING NAILS ON SUNDAY RESULTS IN BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT VIEWS CUTTING THE NAILS AS A WAY TO WARD OFF SPIRITS,
PRIMARILY EVIL SPIRITS. CUTTING THE NAILS ON SUNDAY, THE DAY
OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, IS TO WARD OFF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LUNCHROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-14-1979

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WHEN TWO PEOPLE WALKING ARE SEPARATED, THEY SAY
"BREAD AND BUTTER." THAT MEANS NO DISAPPOINTMENT WILL
COME TO THEM.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY ; LUNCHROOM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-09-1967

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