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MANITOU BEACH, MICHIGAN NEAR ADDISON, MICHIGAN WAS NAMED
FOR SOME INDIAN NAMED MANITOU WHO HAD SETTLED THERE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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MIND YOUR P'S & Q'S

THE INFORMANT STATES THAT THE EXPRESSION, "MIND YOUR
P'S AND Q'S" WAS STARTED BECAUSE OF MARKS ON
ALE MUGS. THESE MARKS WERE FOR PINTS AND QUARTS.
THE BARTENDER THEN HAD TO BE CAREFUL TO MAKE SURE
A DRINK WAS ONE PINT OR ONE QUART OF ALE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight Liquid
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 03-15-1967

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MIND YOUR P'S AND Q'S

THE INFORMANT TOLD THIS STORY AS TO THE ORIGIN
OF THE EXPRESSION "MIND YOUR P'S AND Q'S." SHE SAID
THAT IN LONDON THERE IS AN ALE HOUSE WITH THAT SIGN
ABOVE THE DOOR, AND INSIDE WRITTEN ON THE WALLS,
AND LOW CEILING, THE BARTENDER KEEPS A RUNNING
TALLY OF HOW MUCH SOMEONE OWES. HENCE, THE
EXPRESSION MEANS TO WATCH THE TOTAL MONEY OWED
FOR YOUR PINTS AND QUARTS.

Data entry tech comment: I THOUGH THEY USED LITERS!

Where learned: HIGHLAND PARK ; ILLINOIS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight Liquid
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Medium of exchange
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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EXPLANATION OF PLACE NAME

NEAR THE TOWN IN WHICH I LIVE IS A TOWN CALLED WALLED LAKE.
IN THE TOWN IS A LAKE OF THE SAME NAME. IT IS SUPPOSED TO
HAVE BEEN CALLED THAT BY INDIANS OF THE AREA, BECAUSE THE LAKE
WAS SURROUNDED BY A WALL OF ROCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNION LAKE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00-00-1982

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EXPLANATION OF PLACE NAME: COMMERCE TOWNSHIP

THE TOWN IN WHICH I LIVE IS PART OF COMMERCE TOWNSHIP.
A SMALL TRIBUTARY OF THE ROUGE RIVER RUNS THROUGH COMMERCE,
ON WHICH A MILL WAS BUILT IN THE 1800'S. THE TOWNSHIP
WAS NAMED COMMERCE IN THE BELIEF OR HOPE THAT THE MILL AND
THE RIVER WOULD MAKE IT A PLACE FOR COMMERCE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS VERY IRONIC BECAUSE IT BECAME A RESORT TOWN AND
IS NOW A SLEEPY SUBURB, RATHER THAN A BUSTLING PLACE OF
COMMERCE AND TRADE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNION LAKE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 09-00-1984

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For generations the Welty family has told the story of
how Levi Welty (1825-1902) had gone "Pikes Peak or bust
in a covered wagon." In the mid 1970's, an acquaintance
of the family familiar with these stories became injured
while skiing in Colorado. During her recuperative time
there, she came across a book recounting the history of
the area, and found a story about the naming of
Cripple Creek by a Levi Welty. The names of some of the sons
mentioned coincided with the family's genealogy, and it
is, therefore, quite likely that Terry's ancestor was
responsible for Cripple Creek's naming.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): pioneer

James Callow Keyword(s): Eudora Welty ; Pike's Peak

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
PROSE NARRATIVE -- B479
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00001977CA

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Balinese custom

The land of Bali is Gods' island, the gods own and operate
everything. It is known as the Gods' paradise.

Where learned: Bali ; Indonesia

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Folk etymology
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Whenever I take a test or quiz I sign my name Lori Taylor-Muckle
to give me good luck.

Submitter comment: I'm engaged and Taylor is the last name of my fiance. This
ritual has worked so far I haven't failed a test in two years.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 00001980S

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Adam's Apple

The lump in the front of the neck is referred to as the Adam's
Apple. This is a very old notion that comes from a story that Adam
ate the apple in the Garden of Eden and a piece of it was caught in
his throat and formed the lump.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

Date learned: 02-02-1992

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Wisdom Teeth

The Wisdom Teeth are so called because by the time a normal
person has them, he is an intelligent adult.

James Callow comment: See Puckett, Ohio No. 6037: "You will never have much knowledge
until you have cut your wisdom teeth."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 02-02-1992

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LAFAYETTE, TENNESSEE IS LOCATED WHERE IT IS BECAUSE OF AN
OLD SPRING THAT FURNISHED THE SETTLERS WATER. IT IS LOCATED
BEHIND THE OLD LAFAYETTE AUTO PARTS BUILDING. IT IS NOW
REFERRED TO AS THE TOWN SPRING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LAFAYETTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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LAFAYETTE, TENNESSEE WAS NAMED FOR THE FAMOUS FRENCH
GENERAL LAFAYETTE. BUT LAFAYETTE, TENNESSEE PEOPLE PRONOUNCE
IT "LA(LONG A)FAYETTE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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IF, WHILE TALKING TO A PERSON, YOU CALL THEM A NAME DIFFERENT
FROM THEIR OWN, IT MEANS THAT WHOSEVER NAME YOU SAID
IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 06-16-1972

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IF YOU ACCIDENTLY CALL SOMEONE BY ANOTHER'S NAME, THAT
OTHER PERSON IS AT THAT MOMENT THINKING ABOUT YOU.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- P580

Date learned: 04-12-1972

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SALLY CARTER---GHOST

SALLY DIED OVER A HUNDRED YEARS AGO FROM PNEUMONIA. HER GRAVE
IS IN THE FAMILY GRAVEYARD LOCATED BEHIND HER HOME, THE
THORNTON HOUSE. ABOUT TWENTY YEARS AGO, A FAMILY REUNION WAS
HELD THERE. ONE COUSIN, A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD BASKETBALL PLAYER,
HAD TO SLEEP UPSTAIRS ON A COT.THE NEXT MORNING, HE WAS
FOUND SLEEPING IN HIS PARENT'S ROOM, HAVING MOVED THE COT.
HE WOULD SPEAK TO NO ONE UNTIL HIS UNCLE FINALLY ASKED WHAT
WAS WRONG. HE MOTIONED FOR HIS UNCLE TO FOLLOW HIM. THE
COUSIN WENT TO THE GRAVEYARD AND THEY FOUND SALLY'S
TOMBSTONE TIPPED OVER. HE THEN EXPLAINED, "DURING THE NIGHT,
A WOMAN CAME TO MY COT AND WOKE ME BY RUBBING MY FOREHEAD.
I WAS TERRIFIED AS SHE WAS A STRANGER AND APPEARED TRANSLUCENT.
SHE TOLD ME TO PLEASE GO TO THE GRAVEYARD. HER TOMBSTONE HAD
FALLEN AND WOULD I PLEASE REPLACE IT." ACCO RDING TO THE
WOMAN LIVING THERE NOW, THEY HAVE OFTEN HEARD SALLY WALKING
DOWN THE STAIRS AND SLAMMING THE BACK DOOR BEHIND HER. SHE
NEVER WALKS UP THEM, ONLY DOWN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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YOU KNOW HOW THEY GOT HONEYMOON? IN ENGLAND, IF THEY
DRANK HONEY UNDER THE LIGHT OF THE MOON ON THEIR
WEDDING NIGHT, THEY WOULD HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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DO YOU KNOW WHERE TIPPING CAME FROM? WELL, IN ENGLAND
A LONG TIME AGO, THEY HAD A PLATE BY THE DOORS OF
RESTAURANTS AND AS PEOPLE WENT IN, THEY PUT MONEY
IN IT TO INSURE PROMPTNESS. THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE
MOST MONEY IN GOT THE BEST AND QUICKEST SERVICE.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): TO INSURE PROMPTNESS--INITIALS=TIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 08-06-1968

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WORD ORIGINS

HOW 'BOUT THE WORD HUNCH--YOU KNOW, LIKE YOU HAVE A
HUNCH SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN. WELL, A LONG TIME
AGO THEY THOUGHT THAT DEFORMED PEOPLE HAD A SPECIAL
CONNECTION WITH THE SPIRITUAL WORLD. AND SUCH A PERSON
WAS LIKELY TO HAVE SOMETHING LIKE A HUMP OR HUNCH ON
HIS BACK. SINCE THESE PEOPLE COULD SUPPOSEDLY LOOK
INTO THE FUTURE, ANYBODY NOW WHO HAS LITTLE FLASHES
OF INSIGHT HAS A "HUNCH."

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 08-06-1968

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MARIE LAVEAU

AMONG SOME OF THE MORE SUPERSTITIOUS NEGROES OF SOUTHERN LOUISIANA
AND NEW ORLEANS IN PARTICULAR, THERE IS A PERSISTENT BELIEF
IN MARIE LAVEAU, THE VOODOO QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS. BELIEVERS
MARK WITH CHALK ON HER TOMB WALL AND ASK FOR SUPERNATURAL
ASSISTANCE. ALSO, IT'S BELIEVED THAT SOIL FROM HER GRAVE HAS
MAGICAL PROPERTIES SO IT IS USED IN DIFFERENT VOODOO RITES.
MARIE LAVEAU'S GRAVE IN NEW ORLEANS DATES BACK TO THE LATE 18TH
CENTURY AND IS A WELL KNOWN PLACE FOR VOODOO FOLLOWERS. NEW
ORLEANS ABOUNDS WITH STORIES AND LEGENDS OF HER FANTASTIC LIFE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Emblem
BELIEF -- Use of Object

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