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OLD SAYINGS

IF YOU DROP A KNIFE A MAN IS COMING
IF YOU DROP A FORK A WOMAN IS COMING
IF YOU DROP A SPOON A CHILD IS COMING
PERHAPS THE MAN COMING HUMMING
PERHAPS THE WOMAN BECOMING LOVING
PERHAPS THE CHILD COMING STUMBLING.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM HER HOME TOWN DURING HER ADOLESCENT STAGE.
THIS OLD SAYING IS A VERSE THAT IS CONNECTED TO THE COMMUNICATION
BETWEEN AN OBJECT AND THE FORETELLING OF THE FUTURE.
THE INFORMANT WASN'T SURE WHETHER THIS COULD BE {A} SONG OR NOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.860
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00001930'S

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WHO WILL I MARRY:
RICH MAN, POOR MAN, BEGGAR MAN, THIEF,
DOCTOR, LAWYER, MERCHANT, CHIEF.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE IS RECITED WHILE COUNTING THE BUTTONS ON ONE'S APPAREL
AND THE LAST PART OF THE VERSE THAT YOU SAY WILL BE THE TYPE
OF MAN YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.860

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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IF YOU DROP A KNIFE, A MAN IS COMING.
IF YOU DROP A FORK, A WOMAN IS COMING.
IF YOU DROP A SPOON, A CHILD IS COMING.
IF YOU DROP A DISHRAG, SOME SLOP IS COMING.

Submitter comment: HEARD WHEN YOUNG IN THE EARLY 1900S. INFORMANT'S DAUGHTER
ALSO REMEMBERS HEARING THIS WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG IN THE LATE 30S.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.860

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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THE WAYS YOUR SHOES WEAR OUT INDICATE YOUR SPENDING HABITS:
WEAR AT THE TOE, SPEND AS YOU GO.
WEAR AT THE HEEL, SPEND A GOOD DEAL.
WEAR AT THE BALL, SPEND ALL.
WEAR AT THE SIDE, A RICH MAN'S BRIDE.

Submitter comment: A SAYING FROM HER MOTHER, REMEMBERED FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.860

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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THE FOLLOWING VERSE IS RECITED WHILE COUNTING THE BUTTONS A
PERSON HAS ON HIS CLOTHES, SOMETHING LIKE THE AMERICAN "RICH
MAN, POOR MAN, BEGGAR MAN, ETC."
FRENCH:
PETITE MAISON
GROSSE MAISON
ETABLE A COCHONS.
ENGLISH:
SMALL HOUSE
BIG HOUSE
PIG PEN.

Submitter comment: REPEAT UNTIL ALL BUTTONS ARE COUNTED, VERSE ON LAST BUTTON
MARKS TYPE OF HOUSE THE PERSON WILL LIVE IN SOMEDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.860

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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FRENCH VERSE

WHEN FRENCH PEOPLE ARE DONG THE AMERICAN VERSE ON FLOWER PETALS,
ETC. WHICH WE CALL "HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT," THEY SAY:
IL M'AIME UN PEU
IL M'AIME BEAUCOUP
IL M'AIME A LA FOLIE
IL M'AIME PAS DU TOUT.
ENGLISH:
HE LOVES ME A LITTLE.
HE LOVES ME A LOT,
HE LOVES ME TO HIS FOLLY.
HE DOESN'T LOVE ME AT ALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.860

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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WHO ARE YOU TO MARRY?

RICH MAN, POOR MAN, BEGGAR MAN, THIEF,
DOCTOR, LAWYER, INDIAN CHIEF.

Submitter comment: COUNT DOWN THE NUMBER OF BUTTONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.860

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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RICH MAN, POOR MAN, BEGGAR MAN, THIEF
DOCTOR, LAWYER, INDIAN CHIEF.
YOU FIND YOUR OCCUPATION OF YOUR HUSBAND BY COUNTING THE
NUMBER OF BUTTONS YOU HAVE ON YOUR CLOTHING RIGHT NOW.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.860

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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