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IF YOU TALK TO YOURSELF, THEN YOU HAVE MONEY IN THE BANK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN ; ROUTE 3

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN VIRGINIA THE BARBERS WERE ALSO BLOOD-
LETTERS. THEY WOULD BLEED PEOPLE TO CURE
THEIR SICKNESSES. TO ADVERTISE THAT THEY
WERE BLOODLETTERS, THEY USED TO HAVE A
BLOODY WHITE SHEET OUTSIDE THEIR DOORS.
AFTER A LOT OF COMPLAINING ABOUT THE STENCH,
THEY STARTED JUST HANGING OUT A SHEET WITH
RED DYE ON IT.
THIS IS THE WAY THE BARBER POLE CUSTOM WAS
STARTED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; GALLATIN ; ROUTE 3

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SAYING

AIN'T NOTHIN' GROWIN' BUT JOHNSON GRASS AND THE CHURCH
OF CHRIST.

Submitter comment: MRS. YOUNG HEARD THIS PHRASE ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO IN MIDDLE
TENNESSEE. SHE SAYS THAT EVERYBODY BACK HOME (MONTGOMERY
COUNTY) USES THIS PHRASE. I HAD ASKED HER IF SHE KNEW ANY
CLARKSVILLE SAYINGS (THIS WAS ON JULY 25, 1968).

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLARKSVILLE ; ROUTE 3 ; CARDINAL LANE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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WHEN A PERSON IN VIRGINIA IS REAL POOR, WE SAY HE'S SO
POOR THAT HE DON'T HAVE A POT TO PEE IN OR A WINDOW TO
THROW IT OUT OF.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; GALLATIN ; ROUTE 3

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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