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( SAINT JOSEPH'S PIE )

ON HOLY SATURDAY, A SAINT JOSEPH'S PIE IS MADE FROM WHEAT AND WHEAT
PRODUCTS. THIS SYMBOLIZES THE COMING OF LIFE THE NEXT DAY, SINCE
WHEAT IS A SIGN OF THE STAFF OF LIFE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES IN THIS CUSTOM AND SAID SHE LEARNED IT FROM POLISH
FAMILY TRADITION.

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

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Submitter comment: TO BE QUIET FOR AWHILE. SOMETIMES USED TODAY TO KEEP ONESSELF
FROM MAKING A FOOL OUT OF THEMSELVES.
FUNCTIONS AS A CORRECTIVE.

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OMEN

IF YOU DO NOT EAT YOUR DINNER I WILL PUT IT IN YOUR POCKET AND YOU
CAN EAT IT LATER.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER TOLD ME THIS TO GET ME TO EAT EVERYTHING I WAS SERVED

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

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Date learned: CA00001965

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PROVERB

FIRST COME, THE BETTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

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RHYME, COUNTING OUT

1
THIS OLD MAN
HE PLAYED ONE
HE PLAYED KNICK-KNACK
ON MY THUMB,
CHORUS
WITH A KNICK-KNACK
PADDY-WHACK
GIVE YOUR DOG A BONE,
THIS OLD MAN CAME ROLLING HOME.

Submitter comment: THE OTHER VERSES FOLLOW THE SAME PATTERN AND ARE ALL FOLLOWED
BY THE CHORUS:
2 HE PLAYED TWO - ON MY SHOE, (CH.
3 HE PLAYED THREE - IN A TREE, (CH.
4 HE PLAYED FOUR - ON MY DOOR, (CH.
5 HE PLAYED FIVE - ON A HIVE, (CH.
6 HE PLAYED SIX - WITH SOME STICKS, (CH.
7 HE PLAYED SEVEN - UP IN HEAVEN, (CH.
8 HE PLAYED EIGHT - ON MY GATE, (CH.
9 HE PLAYED NINE - ALL THE TIME, (CH.
10 HE PLAYED TEN - ON HIS HEN, (CH.

Keyword(s): CHAIN ; COUNTING ; INITIAL ITERATION

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SAYING WHICH WISHES ONE WELL

MAY YOU SIT ON THE TACK OF SUCCESS AND RISE QUICKLY.

Keyword(s): HUMOR METONYMY

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Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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ENVELOPE MESSAGE

D. D. L. D. S. D. B.
DELIVER 'DE LETTER, 'DE SOONER 'DE BETTER.

Submitter comment: INITIALS ARE PLACED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): TYPOGRAPHICAL VERSE ABBREVIATION

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Date learned: 10-15-1965

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ENVELOPE MESSAGE

>. W. A. K. SEALED WITH A KISS

Submitter comment: THE INITIALS ARE PLACED ON THE BACK OF THE ENVELOPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): TYPOGRAPHICAL VERSE ABBREVIATION LOVE LETTERS

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Date learned: 10-02-1965

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