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NUTMEGGERS

AS YOU KNOW, IN COLONIAL TIMES SPICES WERE VERY EXPENSIVE.
THE YANKEE PEDDLER MERCHANTS CARRIED THESE SPICES. THEY
CARRIED THEM OVER THE COUNTRYSIDE IN SEARCH OF BUSINESS.
SOME DISHONEST MERCHANTS WOULD SUBSTITUTE WOODEN NUTMEGS
FOR THE REAL THING. AND SO THESE MERCHANTS CAME TO BE
CALLED NUTMEGGERS. AND TODAY A NUTMEGGER IS USED AS THE
NICKNAME FOR PEOPLE FROM CONNECTICUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
Food Drink -- Flavoring

Date learned: 10-15-1968

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WHEN YOU SPILL SALT IT MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE
A FIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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METHOD OF CURE

FOR A FRIGHT OR A NIGHTMARE THAT FRIGHTENED SOMEONE - I WAS ABOUT 3
OR 4 YEARS OLD WHEN I FIRST SAW MY GRANDPARENTS DO THIS. THEY DUG A
SMALL HOLE IN THE GROUND (ABOUT 6 INCHES DEEP) TO BE FILLED WITH
FRESH WATER. THEY PUT A CROSS OF PALM LEAVES, GOTTEN ON PALM SUNDAY,
AT ONE SIDE OF THE HOLE. THE FRIGHTENED PERSON STOOD NEAR THE SIDE
OF THE HOLE (1) THEN CROSSED THE HOLE TO THE OTHER SIDE (2) AND THE
MEDICINE MAN (OR WOMAN) WHISPERS IN HIS EAR, "DO YOU BELIEVE IN ME?
WILL YOU COME?(APPROXIMATELY)". THEN THE FRIGHTENED PERSON WOULD STEP
A QUARTER OF THE WAY AROUND THE HOLE (3) AND THE MEDICINE MAN OR
WOMAN WOULD AGAIN WHISPER THAT IN HIS EAR. THE PERSON WOULD CROSS
THE HOLE TO THE OPPOSITE SIDE AGAIN (4) AND THAT WOULD BE 3 MOVES.
THE MEDICINE MAN/WOMAN WOULD REPEAT THE WHISPER. (THIRD TIME) THE
MEDICINE MAN/WOMAN WOULD CLEAR THE TOP OF THE WATER OF SCUM AND
WOULD TAKE A CUP OF CLEAR WATER FROM THE HOLE. THE FRIGHTENED PERSON
WOULD TAKE 3 SIPS OF THE WATER. THEY WOULD TAKE THE PERSON AND LAY
THEM IN BED. THEN THEY WOULD TAKE LONG BAY LEAVES (AS MANY AS THEY
COULD HOLD IN THEIR HAND-4 OR 6) AND SWEEP THEM IN A CROSS OVER THE
FRIGHTENED PERSON 3 TIMES. THE MEDICINE MAN/WOMAN WOULD PUT THE
LEAVES UNDER THE BED FOR THE NIGHT. THEN THEY'D TAKE THE LEAVES AND
SWEEP THE DIRT BACK INTO THE HOLE THEN THEY'D THROW THE LEAVES AS IF
GETTING RID OF THE EVIL OR FRIGHT THE PERSON HAD EXPERIENCED. THEY
DID THIS TO ME WHEN I WAS LITTLE, SO I KNOW IT WORKS.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT FROM HER
GRANDPARENTS WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL IN TEXAS. SHE BELIEVES THIS
METHOD WORKS, BECAUSE IT WAS USED ON HER. SHE GAVE IT TO ME IN MUCH
THE SAME MANNER AS A RECIPE. SHE KEPT SAYING THAT SHE KNOWS IT MIGHT
BE ALL PSYCHOLOGICAL, BUT SHE IS VERY SURE IT WORKS. SINCE THIS WAS
A RATHER LONG ITEM, SHE KEPT GOING OVER THE DETAILS TO MAKE SURE I
WAS GETTING THEM ALL. THE ITEM WAS INTERESTING IN ITSELF, BUT IT WAS
MADE EVEN MORE SO BY HER ATTITUDE OF COMPLETE TRUST IN ITS WORKING
POWERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANTS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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REMEDY

FOR ARTHRITIS AND ACHES CAUSED BY OLD AGE, ETC. - 10 TO 12 OUNCES OF
MAJORANA BOILED IN A QUART OF WATER. USED AS A CHASER OR WITH
WHISKEY, TEQUILA, ETC.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL
IN TEXAS. SHE WAS TAUGHT THIS BY HER MOTHER OR GRANDPARENTS,
PRIMARILY HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): MARJORAM? HERB? ; PLANT SPICE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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DRINK

FOR MORNING TEAS- FRESH CINNAMON TEA IN THE MORNING. THEY BELIEVE
THIS GIVES THEM VITAMANS FOR THEIR NUTRITIONAL DAILY REQUIREMENTS,
THIS IS USED YEAR ROUND THERE.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL
IN TEXAS. SHE WAS TAUGHT THIS BY HER MOTHER OR GRANDPARENTS,
PRIMARILY HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT SPICE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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REMEDY

FOR YOUNG GIRL'S FIRST MENSTRUAL PERIODS- BOIL ROSEMARY LEAVES, AND
ANISE SEED, CINNAMON STICKS, PEPPERMINT LEAVES, DRIED OR FRESH. IN
TEXAS THEY WOULD ADD A JIGGER OF ANNISETTE ( MEXICAN LIQUEUR )FOR
MEDICINAL PURPOSES.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL
IN TEXAS. SHE WAS TAUGHT THIS BY HER MOTHER OR GRANDPARENTS,
PRIMARILY HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANTS SPICE FLAVORING

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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WEARING GARLIC, OR HAVING IT IN YOUR POSSESSION DRIVES AWAY EVIL
SPIRITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EXORCISM

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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SIGNIFICANCE OF SALT

WE HAVE A ROADSIDE STAND BACK HOME, AND ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS
WANTED SOME SALT TO EAT WITH THEIR TOMATOES, RATHER THAN GIVE THEM
THE SALT, HE SOLD IT TO THEM, AND LATER TOLD ME TO NEVER GIVE SALT
AWAY, FOR IF YOU DO, YOU WILL BECOME WEAK, AND OTHER PEOPLE WILL
HAVE POWER OVER YOU. SALT THEREFORE HAS MUCH SIGNIFICANCE AND
MEANING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 08-00-1969

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LUCK SUPERSTITION

IF YOU BORROW SALT, YOU SHOULD NEVER GIVE IT BACK.

Where learned: WARREN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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LUCK BELIEF ABOUT SALT

IF YOU SPILL SALT, YOU MUST THROW SOME OF IT OVER YOUR
RIGHT SHOULDER IN ORDER TO AVOID A FIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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SALT

IN IRISH SUPERSTITON: WHEN EATING AT A TABLE AND SOMEONE ASKS
FOR THE SALT, YOU MUST FIRST SET IT DOWN NEXT TO THE PERSON AND
LET HIM PICK IT UP.. IF YOU SHOULD PASS IT TO HIM IT IS SAID THAT
THE TWO WILL GET INTO A FIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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ITALIAN COOKING

OLIVE OIL AND HERBS ARE USED IN PRACTICALLY EVERY ITALIAN RECIPE.
HOWEVER, IN NORTHERN ITALY, THE COOKS PREFER TO USE BUTTER, THOUGH
AN EXTRA DROP OF OIL IN THIS OR THAT COMBINATION CAN ADD AN
INDEFINABLE DISTINCTION OF FLAVOR.

Submitter comment: REALLY ENJOYS TALKING ABOUT ITALIAN COOKING.

Where learned: OHIO ; AKRON

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation
Food Drink -- Animal product Butter
Food Drink -- Flavoring

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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LEAVES

IT IS COMMON TO USE CELERY LEAVES FOR FLAVOR IN SOUPS.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid
Food Drink -- Flavoring

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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DURING THE EARLY 1900s, SOUTHERN BLACKS USED MOLASSES, HONEY,
AND SORGHUM TO SWEETEN THEIR FOODS.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CARTHAGE

James Callow Keyword(s): SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
Food Drink -- Flavoring

Date learned: 00001900s

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Superstition

When wanting a man to fall in love, place sugar in a glass of
water and stir toward you (the stirrer) saying the person's name
three times.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; Laurel

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Marriage

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Belief

YOU SHOULD NEVER BORROW SALT WITHOUT PAYING FOR IT,
BECAUSE YOU WILL NEVER SPEAK TO THAT PERSON AGAIN.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHEN SHE LIVED
ON A FARM AS A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Salt, Mineral, Belief, Friendship, Custom, Ownership

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F553
Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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IF YOU SPILL SALT WHILE YOU ARE EATING AT THE TABLE,
YOU WILL FIGHT SOMEONE. IF YOU THROW SOME SALT
OVER YOUR SHOULDER, YOU WILL AVOID THE FIGHT.

Submitter comment: MRS. MALONY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD,
BEING RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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WHEN YOU BORROW SALT, YOU REPAY IT WITH SUGAR.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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IF YOU PUT SALT IN RINSING WATER, CLOTHES WON'T FREEZE WHEN
YOU HANG THEM OUT.

Where learned: HANDWRITTEN NOTES

Keyword(s): LAUNDRY WASHING

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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SPILLED SALT WILL CAUSE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU THROW SOME OVER
YOUR LEFT SHOULDER.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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