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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

DO THE BEST YOU CAN TODAY AND TOMORROW YOU CAN DO BETTER.

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD BY

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PERSISTENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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PROVERB

DO UNTO OTHERS AND THEN CUT OUT BEFORE THEY DO UNTO YOU.

Where learned: MAIL ; TOLD BY

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; IRONY ; PARODY ; VARIANT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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PRE-EASTER CUSTOM

SWIECONKA--ON THE SATURDAY BEFORE EASTER, A POLISH PERSON WILL TAKE
HIS EASTER BASKET TO CHURCH AND HAVE THE PRIEST BLESS IT TO INSURE
GOOD FORTUNE ON HIMSELF.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER SPELLING FOR THIS CUSTOM, WHICH EXTENDS TO ALL SLAVIC
PEOPLES, IS SWIECZONKA. BOTH SPELLINGS APPEAR TO BE ACCEPTABLE.

Where learned: TELEPHONE ; TOLD BY

Keyword(s): SWIECZONKA

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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EASTER

IF THE FIRST PERSON WHO WALKS IN THE DOOR ON EASTER IS A MAN, IT'S
BAD LUCK; IF IT'S A WOMAN, IT'S GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TELEPHONE ; TOLD BY

Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING ; LUCK

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 03-07-1970

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TOAST

( POLISH WORD OMITTED BECAUSE ALPHABET COULD NOT BE DUPLICATED ) --
(ENGLISH TRANSLATION "WAFER"). THIS IS BOTH A CHRISTMAS EVE AND
EASTER CUSTOM, BUT IS PRIMARILY RESERVED FOR THE POLISH LENTEN MEAL
AT EASTERTIME. THE CUSTOM IS THAT AT THIS MEAL THE OLDEST MEMBER OF
THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY (IN INFORMANT'S CASE, HIS GRANDFATHER) CRACKS
OFF A BIT OF THIS SPECIAL WAFER AND GIVES IT TO THE PERSON NEXT TO
HIM WISHING THEM ( HIM ) "GOOD HEALTH", "HAPPINESS", ETC.

Where learned: TELEPHONE ; TOLD BY

Keyword(s): FAMILY UNITY ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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EASTER CUSTOM

EVERY EASTER, MY MOTHER MAKES ABOUT 20 LAMB CAKES AND BUNNY CAKES,
AND GIVES THEM TO FRIENDS, THE PRIESTS, THE NUNS, AND RELATIVES."

Submitter comment: ( THIS IS A ) FAMILY CUSTOM.

Where learned: TOLD BY ; QUESTIONNAIRE

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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AFTER-EASTER CUSTOM

DYNGUS DAY (SWITCH DAY)--ON EASTER MONDAY, BOYS IN CERTAIN POLISH
VILLAGES WILL SWITCH GIRLS THEY LIKE ON THE LEGS WITH A WILLOW
BRANCH, AND THEN WILL POUR A LITTLE WATER ON THEIR LEGS TO TEASE
THEM; SORT OF A COUNTERPART TO OUR SADIE HAWKINS DAY.

Where learned: TELEPHONE ; TOLD BY

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; RITUAL WHIPPING ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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SPIRITUAL

I'M GONNA TELL GOD ALL MY TROUBLES
WHEN I GET HOME...
I'M GONNA TELL HIM THE ROAD WAS ROCKY
WHEN I GET HOME...
I'M GONNA TELL HIM I HAD HARD TRAILS
WHEN I GET HOME...
I'M GONNA TELL GOD HOW YOU'RE DOING
WHEN I GET HOME...

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Death
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

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APOTHEGM

HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER THAT THY DAYS MAY BE LONG UPON THE
LAND WHICH THE LORD THY GOD GIVEHT THEE.

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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RUBBING A GOLD WEDDING BAND ON A STY WILL MAKE IT GO AWAY.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 14 OTHER REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE.

Where learned: MAIL ; TOLD BY

Keyword(s): JEWELRY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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BELIEF

IF YOU HAVE A LARGE "V" SHAPED LINE IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND,
IT IS CALLED YPUR LIFE LINE
AND YOU WILL LIVE TO AN OLD AGE.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER IS ALWAYS LOOKING AT OUR PALMS
THIS IS SOMETHING SHE HAS HEARD OF
AND BELIEVED IN SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD IN ENGLAND.

Where learned: HOME ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-24-1970

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NEW ENGLAND FOOD

A TRADITIONAL SATURDAY DINNER IS BAKED BEANS AND HOT DOGS.

Where learned: MAIL ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84.

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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LUCK BELIEF

IF YOU SEE THE FIRST STAR OUT AT NIGHT, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER WAS TOLD THIS BY HIS MOTHER WHEN HE WAS A BOY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD BY ; FATHER

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

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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GOOD LUCK OMEN (NEGRO)

WHEN MOVING, MOVE IN A BROOM FIRST.

Where learned: Grandmother ; Arkansas ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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BAD LUCK IN THREES

BAD LUCK, ESPECIALLY DEATHS, COMES IN THREES.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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BIRD IN THE HOUSE SUPERSTITION

IF A BIRD FLIES INTO YOUR HOUSE, SOMEONE WILL DIE IN THE NEAR FUTURE

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER WAS BORN IN ENGLAND, AND THIS SUPERSTITION WAS REALLY
BELIEVED WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: HOME ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-26-1970

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WITCH IN THE WELL - CHILDREN'S GAME

FIRST PICK THE MOTHER AND WITCH. THEN THE REST ARE
CHILDREN. THE CHILDREN LINE UP. THE MOTHER SAYS,
"I'M GOING OUT TO SMOKE MY PIPE. I WON'T BE BACK
TILL SATURDAY NIGHT. SO DON'T GET IN THE GOODIES!"
SO CHILDREN GET IN GOODIES. ONE CHILD SEES THE
MOTHER COMING BACK AND SAYS, "MOTHER IS COMING."
THE CHILDREN PUT THEIR HANDS BEHIND THEIR BACKS.
THE MOTHER SAYS, "LET ME SEE YOUR HANDS." (THREE
DIFFERNT TIMES) THE CHILDREN SAY NO. ON THE FOURTH
TIME, THE CHILDREN PUT THEIR HANDS OUT. THE MOTHER
SAYS, DIRTY. DIRTY. GO DOWN TO THE WELL AND WASH
YOUR HANDS. THE CHILDREN GO TO THE WELL. THE WITCH
SCARES THEM. THEY COME BACK. THEY TELL THE MOTHER,
"THERE'S A WITCH IN THE WELL." THE MOTHER SAYS,
"NONSENSE!" THE CHILDREN GO TO THE WELL AGAIN AND
AGAIN. THE FOURTH TIME THE MOTHER COMES WITH THE
CHILDREN. THE MOTHER SEES THE WITCH AND SAYS
"OH, YOU CHILDREN ARE NOT LYING." THE MOTHER SAYS
TO THE WITCH, "WHY ARE YOU IN MY WELL?" THE WITCH
SAYS, "TO SMOKE MY PIPE." "WHY DO YOU WANT TO SMOKE
YOUR PIPE?" THE WITCH SAYS, "TO MAKE ASHES." "WHY?"
SAYS THE MOTHER. THE WITCH SAYS, "TO SHARPEN MY
KNIFE." "WHY?" SAYS THE MOTHER. THE WITCH SAYS,
"TO KILL YOU." THEN THE MOTHER AND CHILDREN RUN .
WHOEVER THE WITCH GETS (CATCHES) IS THE WITCH.

Where learned: UNCLE ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 02-12-1972

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BLASON POPALAIRE

THERE ARE ONLY TWO PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD: THOSE WHO ARE
IRISH AND THOSE THAT WISH THEY WERE IRISH.

Submitter comment: THERE IS AN OLD IRISH SAYING WHICH GOES AS FOLLOWS:

Where learned: TOLD BY ; QUESTIONNAIRE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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TOM SWIFTIE

"THIS IS THE CURRENT REPORT OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN,"
TOM SAID SWIFTLY.

Where learned: TOLD BY ; QUESTIONNAIRE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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