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FOLK SPEECH

EXCLAMATION OF APPROVAL: "AIRBORNE!!!"

Where learned: OKLAHOMA ; LAWTON

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EACH MALE BORN IN THE FAMILY BUILDS A THRONE-TYPE CHAIR WHEN
HE REACHES THE AGE OF MATURITY (USUALLY 12 OR 13). HE THEN TAKES
THIS CHAIR WITH HIM IN HIS TRAVELS UNTIL HE IS WED. UPON WEDDING,
HE KEEPS THE CHAIR IN A POSITION OF GOOD SIGHT IN THE LIVING
ROOM OF HIS FAMILY DOMICILE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS STARTED LONG AGO WHEN HIS ANCESTORS LOST THEIR THRONE
OF THE TURKISH EMPIRE. SINCE THAT TIME THE TRADITION HAS LIVED
IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: TULSA ; OKLAHOMA

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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IT IS A TRADITION OF THE TURKISH ARMY FOR EACH MALE CITIZEN
OF TURKEY TO COME BACK TO THE HOMELAND AND JOIN THE ARMY FOR
A RIGOROUS TRAINING PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS WHEN HE REACHES THE
AGE OF 21. THIS PERTAINS TO ALL MALES WHO STILL CARRY TURKISH
CITIZENSHIP.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WAS ALSO REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THIS TRADITION EVEN
THOUGH HE WAS A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT.

Where learned: TULSA ; OKLAHOMA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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FOLK SPEECH

"HANG LOOSE" (MEANS WAIT A MINUTE).

Where learned: OKLAHOMA ; LAWTON

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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