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LAKE SUPERIOR BELIEF

LAKE SUPERIOR IS KNOWN AS THE LAKE THAT DOES NOT GIVE UP ITS
DEAD. THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT BECAUSE THE LAKE IS SO COLD,
THE BODIES DON'T DECOMPOSE AND RISE TO THE SURFACE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Dead ; Decompose ; Lake ; Lake Superior ; Nickname ; Origin ; TEMPERATURE ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Still water Small body.
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT'S RAINING

IT'S RAINING , IT'S POURING,
THE OLD MAN IS SNORING,
HE BUMPED HIS HEAD AND
HE WENT TO BED AND HE
COULDN'T GET UP IN THE MORNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NICKNAME FOR GOD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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TOURIST NAMING

THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY RUN VARIOUS TOURS THROUGH ITS ROUGE
PLANT, MR. BARRY IS THE SENIOR GUIDE ON THE STAFF.
OF COURSE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE TAKEN THE FORD TOUR.
THE GUIDE STAFF TENDS TO GIVE THE VARIOUS GROUPS PET NAMES.
ONCE MR. BARRY HAD A FARM PARTY FROM INDIANA, AND THEIR NAME
WAS HERMAN, WELL THE NAME STUCK, AND WHENEVER ANYONE WITH A
FARM OR BUMPKIN APPEARANCE TAKES A TOUR, THE GUIDES REFER TO
THEM AS HERMANS.

Submitter comment:

THUS THE INFORMANT INVENTED THE TERM AND IT HAS BECOME A
TRADITIONAL WORD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Bumpkins ; ETYMOLOGY ; Hermans ; Museum ; Nickname ; Tour ; Tourist

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: SUMMER 00001963

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DURING 1987, DETROIT EXPERIENCED A RASH OF TEEN VIOLENCE
OCCURRING IN EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS UNMATCHED BY ANY OTHER CITY
IN THE U.S. THIS EARNED DETROIT THE PHRASE:
"DETROIT, THE LAND OF THE SMOKING GUN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLACE NAME NICKNAME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 07-00-1987

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Language

FLAT ROCK IS CALLED BY DOWNRIVER PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIVE IN FLAT ROCK
LEVEL PEBBLE.

Submitter comment:

JUST RECENTLY.

A TOWN SOME 25 MILES SOUTH OO DETROIT, MICHIGAN.; FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN; THIS ITEM REFERS TO FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN,

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD 02-22-2011

James Callow comment:

INCOMPLETE COMMENT?
CN[ PARTIPILO, FRANK 720870
C1[ 14909 STONEHAM
C2[ RIVERVIEW, MICHIGAN 48192
CO[ JUST RECENTLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Keyword(s): Flat ; Language ; Level ; MICHIGAN ; Nickname ; Pebble ; Region ; REGIONAL ; Rock ; SLANG ; STATE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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BORASS---MEANS TO PLAY A PRACTICAL JOKE ON SOMEONE.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: INDIANA ; BLOOMINGTON

Keyword(s): JOKE ; Nickname ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; SLANG ; SPEECH

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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BLOW OUT---MEANS TO PROCESS OR GET AN AFRO HAIRSTYLE.

Data entry tech comment:

SUBJECT/VERB AGREEMENT AND FORM ADDED AND CORRECTED BY
EDITOR.

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Afro ; Blow Out ; EUPHEMISM ; Hairstyle ; Nickname ; SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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SPOOK---MEANS ANYONE WHO IS BLACKER THAN YOU.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Black ; COLOR ; Derisive ; ETHNIC ; Nickname ; SLANG ; Slur

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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TOUGH TILLY---MEANS A COWARD OR CRYBABY (USED IN
TAUNTING MANNER).

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Cry Baby ; Nickname ; SLANG ; TAUNT ; Tease ; Tough

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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RACKED UP---MEANS ASLEEP OR BEHAVING AS SUCH (NEGATIVE
CONNOTATION).

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; Nickname ; Rack ; SLANG ; SLEEP

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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COP DODGIN'---MEANS BEING IN TROUBLE

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Cop ; Dodging ; Nickname ; SLANG ; TROUBLE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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BARN BURNER---MEANS A VERY CLOSE (IN SCORE) ATHLETIC
CONTEST.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Barn ; Burner ; Nickname ; Score ; SLANG ; SPORTS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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DAISY TRIMMER---MEANS A GROUNDBALL TO THE OUTFIELD.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BASEBALL ; Daisy ; Nickname ; SLANG ; SPORTS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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CLIFF HANGERS---MEAN A VERY CLOSE ATHLETIC CONTEST

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Cliff Hanger ; GAME ; Nickname ; Score ; SLANG ; SPORTS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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School Vocabulary;

"brown bagging it'

Carrying your lunch in a paper sack.

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Keyword(s): Bag ; Brown ; Colloquialism ; Language ; Lunch ; Nickname ; Paper ; Sac ; SCHOOL ; SLANG ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Everything: "the whole kit and kaboodle"

Phrase meaning all, everything, everybody

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): Everything ; Kaboodle ; Kit ; Language ; Nickname ; SLANG ; Term

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Chew The Fat:

To sit around and "chew the fat" means to talk, rap, gab, etc.

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): Chew ; Colloquialism ; Fat ; GOSSIP ; Language ; Nickname ; SLANG ; TALK ; Term ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Language

I have heard North Hall referred to as "Menopause Manor" the reason being that there are quite a few older residents in the dorm.

Submitter comment:

North Hall of Vanderbilt University

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): AGE ; Dormitory ; Female ; Language ; Manor ; Menopause ; Nickname ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; University ; Vanderbilt ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary ; WOMEN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

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Two instructors on Peabody's Campus, husband and wife (The VanEhens), have acquired a nickname because of their physical resemblance. They both have red hair and freckles and a chubby build and are called "The Campbell's Kids" from Campbell's SOup Commercials.

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): Campbells ; Chubby ; Commercials ; FRECKLES ; HAIR ; Language ; Nickname ; Pop Culture ; Professor ; Red ; Resemblance ; Soup

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

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Language

"grandma's visit" is another term for menstrual period.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; Grandma ; Language ; Menstrual ; MENSTRUATION ; Nickname ; Period ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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