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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

SHE LOOKS LIKE A BAR OF SOAP AFTER A HARD DAY'S WASH.

Submitter comment: PROVERB OFTEN USED BY MY AUNT, MRS. FLOY WEST, PORTLAND,
TENNESSEE, D.1969.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN ; 00-00-1969

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HOG KILLING

KILL YOUR HOGS IN THE COLD OF THE MOON. IF YOU DIDN'T, THE
GREASE WOULDN'T COME OUT OF THE MEAT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS HER FATHER TRIED THIS ONCE, BUT THE MEAT FROZE
SOLID BEFORE IT COULD BE DRESSED FOR CURING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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LUCK

WALKING UNDER A LADDER IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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LUCK

BREAKING A MIRROR IS SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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LUCK

IF YOU BORROW SALT, IT'S BAD LUCK TO RETURN IT, BUT I'VE NEVER
HAD NOTHIN' BUT BAD LUCK SO I DON'T KNOW IF THAT HOLDS TRUE OR
NOT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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PREVENTION OF BAD LUCK

IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, DROP A STRING TO THE GROUND.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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IF SOMEONE PASSES YOU THE SALT, DON'T TAKE IT FROM THEIR HAND.
THEY SHOULD SET IT ON THE TABLE AND THEN YOU CAN PICK IT UP, THIS
AVOIDS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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IF YOU HAVE MOLES ON YOUR BACK, YOU'LL BE RICH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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FOR EVERY FOG IN AUGUST OR OCTOBER, INFORMANT HAS HEARD IT BOTH
WAYS, THERE WILL BE A SNOW THAT WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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IF THE HUSK ON CORN IS REAL THICK, IT'LL BE A HARD WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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IF A BABY DOESN'T FALL OFF ITS CRIB BEFORE ITS FIRST YEAR, IT
WON'T LIVE TO OLD AGE. PARENTS USED TO PLACE THE CHILD NEAR
THE EDGE OF ITS BED SO IT WOULD FALL OFF.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO ROCK AN EMPTY CHAIR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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IF YOU SPILL SALT, THROW IT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER WITH YOUR
RIGHT HAND TO AVOID BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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