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LANGUAGE OF ISRAEL: NO REAL NATIONAL LANGUAGE

MANY YEARS LATER, A PUPIL OF ELIEZER BEN-YEHUDA'S DECIDED TO GO
AND PINPOINT WHAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE USED FOR THEIR NATIONAL
LANGUAGE. SINCE THEY WERE ALL CAREFUL IN ORDINARY SPEAKING, THIS
PUPIL DECIDED THAT THE ONLY WAY TO FIND OUT HOW THE PEOPLE REALLY
SPOKE WOULD BE TO CATCH THEM WITH THEIR TONGUES OFF GUARD. SO ONE
DAY HE WENT TO A JEWISH SCHOOL IN JERUSALEM AND WAITED UNTIL ONE
OF THE SMALLEST BOYS CAME OUT INTO THE PLAYGROUND. THE PUPIL
WALKED UP TO HIM FROM BEHIND AND ROUGHLY KNOCKED THE LITTLE BOY'S
HAT OFF. THE PUPIL EXPECTED THE BOY TO CRY OUT "MOTHER," EITHER
SAYING "IMMA," WHICH IS HEBREW, OR "MAMALE," WHICH IS YIDDISH,
BUT INSTEAD THE LITTLE BOY PICKED UP HIS HAT, FACED BEN-YEHUDA'S
PUPIL SQUARELY AND HISSED "HAMAR" (ASSHOLE), WHICH IS THE SAME
IN BOTH LANGUAGES. SO BECAUSE OF THIS INCIDENT, THEN, WE STILL
DO NOT KNOW IF ISRAEL'S NATIONAL LANGUAGE IS HEBREW OR YIDDISH.

Data entry tech comment:

Beginning of tale is missing.

 

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Culture ; ETYMOLOGY ; Hebrew ; Israel ; Jewish ; Language ; Origin ; Yiddish

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
SPEECH -- Folk etymology
PROVERB -- V620

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HARVEST

SIVIETA ZOFIJA, COKTOSY ROZEFIJA.

Translated: Saint Sophia helps to ripen the grain.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; FARMING ; Grain ; Grain ; HARVEST ; Patron ; Saint ; Saint Sophia

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MAGIC BELIEF

IF COWS WOULD NOT GIVE MILK IT WAS BECAUSE A WITCH HAD CAST A
SPELL. THE ONLY WAY TO RELEASE THE SPELL OR BREAK IT WOULD
BE TO PUT PINS IN THE MILK STRAINER, AND THIS WOULD HURT THE
WITCH. THUS SHE WOULD HAVE TO RETURN AND RELEASE THE SPELL.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT SAID THIS TYPE OF MAGIC WAS USUALLY RECOMMENDED BY THE
FORTUNE TELLERS IN POLAND.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Cows ; CURSE ; MAGIC ; Milk ; Pins ; POLAND ; Spell

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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JEWISH BELIEF

JEWS CANNOT EAT PORK BECAUSE THEY BELEIVE IT IS UNCLEAN.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Consumption ; Culture ; FOOD ; Pork ; RELIGION ; Semitic

Subject headings: Custom
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 02-28-1971

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GREEK CUSTOM

THE GREEKS HANG THEIR CROSSES ON THE EAST WALLS OF THEIR HOME
WHERE THE SUN RISES. ( FACING THE EAST.)

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cross ; Crucifix ; Culture ; CUSTOM ; East ; Greek ; Ordinal Direction ; RELIGION ; Sun ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; FACING EAST ; POSITION

Subject headings: Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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ESKIMO BELIEF

GOOD WIFELY ESKIMOS ARE KNOWN TO CHEW THEIR HUSBAND'S BOOTS
IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM SOFT FOR THE MEN TO WEAR.
THIS IS WHY THEIR TEETH ARE CHEWED DOWN TO A BARE MINIMUM.

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Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): ; Boots ; Culture ; Eskimo ; HUSBAND ; Inuit ; Leather ; Legend ; Lore ; Service ; Tanning ; TEETH ; Wife

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- P4387 P4387.14

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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HOUSEHOLD SUPERSTITON

IN MEXICO, WHEN PASSING SALT TO SOMEONE AT THE TABLE, PUT IT
ON THE TABLE, IF YOU HAND IT TO THE ASKER, YOU WILL FIGHT

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Culture ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FIGHT ; MANNERS ; Mexican ; MEXICO ; Salt ; Sobra Mesa ; SUPERSTITION ; Table

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- P86O
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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FLOWERDAYS AND BEANS

YOU ARE NOT TO PLANT BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS. ( AGAIN
MY FATHER COULD NOT REMEMBER THE SPECIFIC TIME). MY GRANDFATHER
PLANTED A ROW OF BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS AND ANOTHER AFTER THE
DAYS WERE PAST. THE ROW PLANTED DURING THE DAYS GREW WITH AN
ABUNDANCE OF BLOSSOMS BUT VERY FEW BEANS. THE ROW PLANTED AFTER
THE FLOWERDAYS GREW WITH FEW BLOSSOMS BUT WITH AN ABUNDANCE
OF BEANS.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): Beans ; BELIEF ; FARMING ; Flowerdays ; GARDENING ; HARVEST ; Horticulture

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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WHEN TO PLANT YOUR CROPS

THE GENERAL CONSENSUS ACCORDING TO MY FATHER, IS THAT THERE
IS A CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON WHEN IT IS FAVORABLE TO PLANT
YOUR CROPS SO THAT THEY WILL BE PRODUCTIVE. IF YOU DO NOT PLANT
AT THIS TIME THE CROPS WILL NOT BE PRODUCTIVE. MY FATHER WAS
UNABLE TO RECALL THE EXACT TIME OF THE MOON.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): Botany ; CROPS ; FARMING ; HARVEST ; Horticulture ; MOON ; PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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TALLER CORN

IF YOU PLANT CORN DURING A CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON, IT
WILL GROW MUCH TALLER THAN CORN PLANTED AT ANOTHER TIME.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): CORN ; FARMING ; HARVEST ; Horticulture ; MOON ; PLANTING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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CHRISTMAS

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE FATHER OF THE HOUSEHOLD PLACES A SCYTHE
UNDER THE TABLE AND COVERS IT WITH HAY. (THIS IS A SYMBOL OF HIS
WORK DURING THAT YEAR).

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM PARENTS IN UKRAINE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MATERIAL CULTURE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 11-19-1967

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BOOM BOOM

IF IT THUNDER IN ALL FOOLS DAY
IT BRINGS GOOD CROPS OF GRASS AND HAY.

Data entry tech comment: ITEM KEYPUNCHED AS IS

Where learned: AUDIAS PIZZARIA

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; APRIL FOOL'S DAY ; BELIEF ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.890
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 April Fools
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 (April Fool's Day)
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 10-03-1969

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CORN

IF YOU PLANT CORN IN THE OLD OF THE MOON, IT WILL EAR OUT BETTER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE FARMING NATURE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE IMPLIED ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-09-1968

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SAYING

LAND'S SO RICH THAT WHEN YOU PLANT CORN, YOU HAVE TO JUMP BACK SO IT
WON'T HIT YOU IN THE EYE.

Submitter comment: I HEARD MY 5TH COUSIN SAY THIS ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO. IT WAS IN THE
SAN JOAQUIN DELTAS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. HE WAS DESCRIBING A
MUDFLAT THAT HE HAD LEASED.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN JOAQUIN DELTA

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; FERTILITY ; HYPERBOLE ; LAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-08-1968

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Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Did you hear that the K.K.K. bought the movie rights to
"Roots"?
They're going to play it backwards so it will have a happy ending.

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Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

"Roots," the novel by Alex Haley, was also a highly successful
television series. It began with slavery and moved toward
emancipation.

Where learned: DETROIT ; OFFICE

Keyword(s): African American ; Black ; JOKE ; KKK ; Movie ; Offensive ; Pop Culture ; RACISM ; Racist ; RIDDLE ; Slavery ; Stereotype ; Tasteless

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: 01-00-1990

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RED CLOUDS AT NIGHT,
SHEPARD'S DELIGHT.
RED CLOUDS IN THE MORNING,
SHEPARD'S WARNING.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Clouds ; Clouds ; COLOR ; Delight ; FARMING ; METEOROLOGY ; MORNING ; Night ; OMEN ; Portent ; Red ; Shepard ; SIGN ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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RIDDLE

HOW DID THE BUCKWHEAT COME TO AMERICA?
-- IT CAME THREE-CORNERED. (THE GRAIN ITSELF)

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): FARMING AGRICULTURE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-25-1970

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RIDDLE

IF A FARMER CAN RAISE 50 BUSHELS OF CORN IN DRY WEATHER,
WHAT CAN HE RAISE IN WET WEATHER ?
-- AN UMBRELLA

Where learned: HOME ; OHIO ; Sylvania ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): FARMING AGRICULTURE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-0000

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House-Demons

By a clean river, there grew oak trees from centuries before. Not far from there lived a Samogitian of many years. Together with im lived his beautiful and larg efamily. Their barns were full of cattle, the corn overflowed into the storehouse. No farmer, happier or richer than him, was around.

The other farmers, jealous of his success, started talking about him, that a house demon brought him all his riches. Many said that they saw the demons flying around the house.

The people's council, hearing such talk from the neighbors, sent an inspector over to the farmer's house; they ordered him to forbid the farmer, to tell him to finally learn to live with the other people.

the inspector, showing up at the farmer's house, told him directly that yhe should be ashamed to keep a demon in his house and that he should do only what is good for his neighbors.

the Samogitian only laughed at him. Still laughung he told the inspector that not a single of his demons has yet done wrong to any of his neighbors. Then the inspector told him to show him his demons. With that,. the farmer led the inspector by hand to his barn where all his farming tools stood.

-These- said the farmer, -are my demons that do good for me and my neighbors.-

Submitter comment:

Translated from Lithuanian by Ramune Stonys

An asterisk denotes a message for the word Samogalia, and explains that: Lithuania is divided into different regions. Samogalia is one region, located in Northern Lithuania.

On tha back of the card is an address for the translator:

R. Stonys

17276 Milton

Southfield, MI 48075

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Grammatical correction: Leave to Live.

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Demon ; Demons ; DISCIPLINE ; FARMER ; FARMING ; HARD WORK ; House ; Moral ; Neighbors ; Parable ; Relationships ; SELF DISCIPLINE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

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Poor Wording

A number of GI's in England during the war decided to hold a horse race to keep up the morale of the base. For some reason they were short of active animals for the event. Now it happened that the local parish priest had a donkey and they obtained his permission to use it to make up the field. The donkey to the surprise of everyone came in third in the first race. Where upon the camp newspaper came out with the headline "Padre's Ass Shows."

This naturally caused no small scandal among the people of the parish and eventually reached the bishop. However, when called to ask about it by the bishop the padre managed to mollify the good man by explaining it was only an American slang expression. The next day a race was held and the donkey came in first. The paper then announced "Padre's Ass Out in Front."

This called for further episcopal disapproval, but again the padre succeeded in mollifying the bishop. The third day's race the donkey finished second and the paper reported "Padre's Ass back in Place." This was the last straw for the bishop and he ordered the priest to withdraw the animal from the race. The camp then came forth with the sad news: "Bishop Scratches Padre's Ass."

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [ B667 ] modified: the number zero is written over the seven. Additionally, the entire BN is crossed out and replaced with B660.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; Anecdote ; Culture Clash ; DONKEY ; European ; GAMBLING ; HORSE ; Jest ; Language ; MILITARY ; NEWSPAPER ; PUN ; RACING ; RELIGION ; SLANG

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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