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TOUGH, ROUGH AND HARD TI DIAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; CONTRADICTION ; TAUNT?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BEANS, BEANS, THE TROPICAL FRUIT.
THE MORE YOU EAT THE MORE YOU TOOT.
THE MORE YOU TOOT THE BETTER YOU FEEL,
SO EAT MORE BEANS AT EVERY MEAL.

Submitter comment: SAID AROUND THE CAMPFIRE. IT WAS ALWAYS SAID IN THE
TENT IF ANYONE "TOOTED" THAT THEY HAD BEANS FOR SUPPER.

Where learned: CAMP

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

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Formula

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SUPERSTITION

YOU MUST NEVER SWEEP AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN. WHEN YOU DO SWEEP
THE HOUSE, YOU MUST CONTINUALLY SAY "BAD LUCK GO OUT, GOOD LUCK
COME."

Submitter comment: MRS. GROVE'S MOTHER FOLLOWED THIS CUSTOM RELIGIOUSLY. SHE IS FROM
SOMERSET, PENNSYLVANIA. MRS. GROVE FIRST LEARNED OF THIS CUSTOM
APPROXIMATELY THIRTY YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.21
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-20-1963

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"ADOPTIVE PARENTS, WARNING!"

IN SEPTEMBER, 1964, WE ADOPTED A LITTLE BABY. WHENEVER WE TOLD
THE GOOD NEWS, WE WERE ALMOST ALWAYS GREETED WITH "WELL, NOW
YOU'LL HAVE ONE OF YOUR OWN. I HAVE AN AUNT (SISTER, SISTER-IN-
LAW, DAUGHTER, ETC.) WHO ADOPTED A BABY AND THE NEXT YEAR THEY HAD
ONE OF THEIR OWN. THEY NOW HAVE (THIS IS USUALLY ADDED FOR
EMPHASIS OR SHOCK, I'VE NOT DETERMINED WHICH) FOUR, FIVE, SEVEN
(OR MORE)."
I GOT THE SAME STORY OR VARIATIONS ON THE THEME FROM: MY MOTHER-
IN-LAW, WHO COMES FROM DECATUR, ILLINOIS; MY DRESSMAKER, WHO HAD
BEEN IN DETROIT ABOUT 3 YEARS AND HAD COME FROM KENTUCKY;
A NEIGHBOR; A SECRETARY IN THE COMMERCE AND FINANCE COLLEGE DEAN'S
OFFICE; AND OTHERS.

Submitter comment: IF ALL GOES WELL, WE PLAN TO HAVE ANOTHER BABY--BY ADOPTION--LATER
THIS YEAR. WONDER WHAT THEY'LL SAY TO THAT?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 05-00-1965

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THE FOX AND THE GRAPES

ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE WAS A FOX WHO SAW SOME GRAPES ON A VINE
ABOVE HIS HEAD. HE JUMPED, TRYING TO GET THEM, BUT FELL SHORT.
AFTER REPEATED UNSUCCESSFUL EFFORTS, HE SULKED OFF SAYING, "THEY
WERE PROBABLY SOUR ANYWAY." THIS IS THE ORIGIN OF THE EXPRESSION
"SOUR GRAPES," APPLIED TO SOMEONE WHO DEGRADES SOMETHING HE WANTS
BECAUSE HE CAN'T GET IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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ORIGIN OF OLD EXPRESSION

THE INFORMANT STATED THAT HE HEARD IT ON THE RADIO THAT THERE WERE
TWO CHURCHES IN LONDON, ST. PETER'S AND ST. PAUL'S. ST. PETER'S
WAS WEALTHY AND ST. PAUL'S WAS POOR. THE LAND AROUND ST. PETER'S
WAS SOLD AND THE MONEY GIVEN TO ST. PAUL'S. HENCE THE EXPRESSION,
"ROB PETER TO PAY PAUL."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Medium of exchange
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-15-1967

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SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

DRINKING GREEN BEER IS ANOTHER TRADITIONAL CUSTOM. YOU DRINK THE
HEALTH OF IRELAND, GOD, AND YOUR FAMILY.

Where learned: HOME ; RELATIVES HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): DRINKING A TOAST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Color
SPEECH -- Formula

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PROVERB

ASK ME NO QUESTIONS, AND I WILL TELL YOU NO LIES.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): HONESTY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

COME RIDDLE ME, RIDDLE ME,
RIDDLE ME.
NONE ARE SO BLIND
AS THEY THAT WONT SEE.'

Submitter comment: ORIGIN? GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PARADOX ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.600
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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DOG IN A MANGER

DON'T BE A DOG IN THE MANGER.

Submitter comment: MARILOU'S INFORMANT WAS NORMA ALBUS, A NEIGHBOR IN HER OLD NEIGH-
BORHOOD, OF GERMAN-SCOTTISH EXTRACTION (57 YEARS) SHE SAID: MM[ DON'T BE A DOG IN THE MANGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; MEANNESS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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SAYING

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND PEOPLE WOULD GIVE THINGS AND TAKE THEM
BACK, THE CHILDREN WOULD SAY,
DON'T BE AN INDIAN GIVER.

Submitter comment:

I LEARNED THIS SAYING IN ABOUT 1950, IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM ; FUNCTION ; RACISM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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PROVERB

DON'T RACE YOUR MOTOR.

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; AUTOMOBILE ; IMPATIENCE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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PROVERB

DON'T SKID YOUR SPARE TIRE.

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; AUTOMOBILE ; PRECAUTION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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REBUKE

DON'T STAND THERE WITH YOUR FACE FLAPPING IN THE BREEZE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; IDLENESS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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TRUTH

DON'T TAKE ANY WOODEN NICKELS.

Submitter comment: HIS GRANDFATHER SAID THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; GULLIBILITY ; LEAVETAKING FORMULA

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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EMPHATIC EXPRESSION

BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR.

Submitter comment: USED TO ADD EMPHASIS TO VALIDITY OF A PREVIOUS STATEMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ECONOMICS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IRISH SAYING

CAN'T THE CAT LOOK AT THE QUEEN?

Submitter comment: MEANING: HAVE I NO RIGHTS AT ALL?

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): JUSTICE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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PROVERB

CLEAR AS MUD.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): COMPARISON

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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THE CLOSER, THE SWEETER

THE CLOSER TO THE BONE, THE SWEETER THE MEAT.

Submitter comment: VERSE USED TO GRAB MEAT NEAR THE BONE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STAR BELIEF

WHEN YOU SEE A STAR FALL, SAY THE WORD 'MONEY' THREE TIMES.
BEFORE THE STAR HITS THE GROUND AND YOU WILL COME INTO CONTACT
WITH SOME MONEY, OR YOU WILL WIN IT.

Where learned: DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Star
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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