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YOU SWEEP WITH A BROOM,
YOU MOP WITH A MOP,
BUT WHATEVER YOU DO,
DON'T MARRY A WOP.

Submitter comment:

THIS WOMAN, WHO WISHES TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS, PERMITTED
ME TO COLLECT THESE VERSES FROM HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
THE VERSES WERE ENTERED BY HER HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATES
IN 1939.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM=WOP (FOR ITALIAN)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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SAYING

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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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PAR FOR THE COURSE

BE YOURSELF...IF YOU CANT DO ANY BETTER.

Where learned: LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): OF ; PAR IS A GOLF TERM MEANING "AVERAGE" OR USUAL NUMBER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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TAKING SIDES

WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT IF SHE SLEEPS ON HER RIGHT SIDE, THE
CHILD WILL BE A BOY, IF ON HER LEFT IT WILL BE A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: 840
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-05-1969

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BIRTH BELIEF

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN BECOMES FAT ALL OVER, SHE WILL HAVE A
GIRL. IF SHE BECOMES FAT SLIGHTLY, SHE WILL HAVE A BOY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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BIRTH BELIEF

IF A WOMAN CARRIES A BABY OUT FRONT IN HER STOMACH, IT IS A BOY.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS RELATED TO HER BY HER MOTHER WHO EXPERIENCED MANY CASES
THAT HAS PROVEN THIS BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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BIRTH BELIEF

IF A WOMAN CARRIES A BABY IN HER HIP, IT IS A GIRL.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A BELIEF THAT WAS TOLD HER BY HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

SOME ITALIAN WOMEN BELIEVE THEY CAN TELL THE SEX OF A PREGNANT
WOMAN -IF THE STOMACH IS HIGH, THE CHILD WILL BE A BOY, IF LOW
A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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SUPERSTITION

BEFORE A CHILD IS BORN THEY ARE WHEELING MOTHER INTO THE
DELIVERY ROOM AND A GLASS IS KNOCKED OVER, IT WILL BE A BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

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BELIEF

IF A BRIDE-TO-BE EATS PIZZA ON THE DAY BEFORE SHE GETS MARRIED,
HER FIRST CHILD WILL BE A BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-15-1969

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IF THE EXPECTANT MOTHER'S STOMACH COMES TO A POINT, SHE WILL
HAVE A BOY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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BELIEF

HEALTHY WOMEN ONLY GIVE BIRTH TO BOYS.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID THAT SHE GREW UP WITH THIS BELIEF.

Where learned: OHIO ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN WANTS A BABY BOY, SHE SHOULD PUT A RAW
EGG IN HER BEER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE A SPECIAL WAY OF TELLING WHETHER AN
UNBORN CHILD IS A BOY OR A GIRL. IF A WOMAN IN HER SEVENTH MONTH
OF PREGNANCY IS CARRYING THE BABY HIGH AND DISTENDED, THE
CHILD IS DEFINITELY A BOY. IF THE BABY IS CARRIED LOW AND
FLATTER ON THE ABDOMEN, THE BABY IS A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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BIRTH BELIEF

IF A CHILD IS CONCEIVED AND THE MOTHER IS LATER MARRIED
TO THE FATHER, THE BABY WILL BE A GIRL, AND WILL BE CALLED
A LOVE BABY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IN THE HOSPITAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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PROVERB

THE EYES THAT YOU SEE, WILL DO WHAT YOUR MIND SEES.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PREJUDICE? ; TERMINAL ITERATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

AN OLD CHINESE PROVERB STATES:
A DOLLAR EARNED, 99 CENTS SPENT EQUALS HAPPINESS
A DOLLAR EARNED, $1.01 SPENT EQUALS UNHAPPINESS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ECONOMY ; TERMINAL ITERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-13-1969

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LEGAL PROVERB

ONE WHO SEEKS EQUITY MUST DO EQUITY

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; JUSTICE ; TERMINAL ITERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): DISCIPLINE ; INITIAL AND TERMINAL ITERATION ; INTERNAL ITERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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THIS IS MY OWN PHILOSOPHY ON GETTING THINGS ACCOMPLISHED.
PLAN YOUR WORK, AND WORK YOUR PLAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

James Callow Keyword(s): DISCIPLINE ; INITIAL AND TERMINAL ITERATION ; INTERNAL ITERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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