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ST. PATRICK'S DAY

KISSING A PIECE OF THE BLARNEY STONE IS A COMMON GOOD LUCK PRACTICE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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GOOD LUCK GESTURE

WHEN YOU SEE YOUR FIRST ROBIN OF THE SEASON, LICK YOUR THUMB,
TOUCH IT TO YOUR PALM OF YOUR HAND, AND THEN POUND THAT PALM WITH
YOUR FIST FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LUCK ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; GESTURES ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

KNOCK ON WOOD FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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GOOD LUCK ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; GOOD LUCK: GESTURES ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

BEFORE SURGERY, A PATIENT PICKED ALL THE PETALS OFF A ROSE FOR
GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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PUT HAND AND FEET INTO THE AIR WHEN A TRAIN IS
MOVING ON THE TRACK DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF YOU.
FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 02-05-1971

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KNOCK ON WOOD FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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KNOCK ON WOOD, WHEN WISHING FOR SOMETHING AND IT
WILL HAPPEN.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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WHEN YOU SPILL THE SALT ON THE TABLE; MAKE A WISH
AND THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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LUCKY SAYING

WHEN TWO PEOPLE HAPPEN TO SAY THE SAME WORD AT EXACTLY
THE SAME TIME, IT IS GOOD LUCK IF THEY LINK THEIR
LITTLE FINGERS AND REPEAT PAIR NOUNS, SUCH AS HAM
AND EGGS, SALT AND PEPPER, STICKS AND STONES, ETC.
FOLLOWING THIS A WISH IS MADE BY EACH PERSON, BUT
IT IS NOT REVEALED OR IT WON'T COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
Favorites
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Magical Good luck

Date learned: 10-02-1965

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IN MALTA, IT IS A COMMON CUSTOM TO MAKE THE SIGN OF
THE CROSS EVERYTIME YOU GET ON A BUS FOR A SAFE
JOURNEY.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; BLESSING ; BUS ; Cross ; CUSTOM ; Malta ; RELIGION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 03-06-1972

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MY GRANDFATHER, BEFORE GETTING INTO HIS CAR, WOULD
MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE ; BELIEF ; BLESSING ; Car ; Cross ; CUSTOM ; RELIGION ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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WHEN MY GRANDFATHER WANTED THE HIGHEST CARD IN A CUT,
HE WOULD KNOCK ON THE DECK OF CARDS THREE TIMES.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CARDS ; CUSTOM ; Cut ; GAMES ; Knock ; LUCK ; NUMBER ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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IF YOU LICK YOUR THUMB BEFORE YOU MAKE A SHOT IN POOL,
IT WILL BRING YOU GOOD LUCK WHILE SHOOTING.

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Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Billiards ; Cue ; CUSTOM ; GAMES ; Lick ; Pool ; Stick ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO BRING GOOD LUCK TO AN ITALIAN (SICILIAN MOSTLY)
CARDPLAYER, YOU TAKE YOUR THUMB, STICK IT STRAIGHT
UP ON HIS HEAD, THEN LET IT FALL, WITH A LITTLE
FORCE AND SAY "NASPOLA!!" THIS BRINGS GOOD LUCK
SUPPOSEDLY.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; BLESSING ; Card ; CUSTOM ; GAME ; GESTURE ; Italian ; LUCK ; Naspolta ; SUPERSTITION ; Thumb

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CROSSING OF ANY TWO FINGERS IS A WISH FOR GOOD LUCK.

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Where learned: TELEPHONE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Crossing ; CUSTOM ; Finger ; Fingers ; GESTURE ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 02-23-1971

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IF YOU CROSS YOUR FINGERS, IT'S GOOD LUCK, BUT IF
YOU CROSS THE FINGERS OF BOTH HANDS IT'S BAD LUCK.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cross ; Crossing ; CUSTOM ; Finger ; Fingers ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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IN ORDER TO EXPRESS HOPE, ONE CROSSES THE INDEX AND
MIDDLE FINGERS OF BOTH HANDS. TO GAIN ADDED
EMPHASIS, CROSS THE END TWO FINGERS ALSO.

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Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Communication ; Cross ; Crossing ; CUSTOM ; Finger ; Fingers ; Hope ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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BEFORE A BASKETBALL GAME ALL THE PLAYERS ON SACRED
HEART SEMINARY'S TEAM WOULD GATHER AROUND THE COACH
AND PLACE THEIR HANDS ON TOP OF HIS AND PRAY A
HAIL MARY, AND THEN "QUEEN OF VICTORY, PRAY FOR
US." THIS WAS DONE FOR LUCK IN WINNING THE GAME.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Basketball ; BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; GAME ; hail Mary ; LUCK ; Pray ; PRAYER ; Sacred Heart ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION ; Victory

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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BEFORE ENTERING THE WATER WHEN SWIMMING, YOU SHOULD
BLESS YOURSELF WITH A SIGN OF THE CROSS WITH THE
WATER, TO ENSURE A SAFE SWIM.

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Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Bless ; BLESSING ; Cross ; CUSTOM ; EXERCISE ; GAME ; LUCK ; SAFETY ; Sport ; SUPERSTITION ; Swim ; SWIMMING ; WATER

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 00001950S LATE

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO SHAKE THE HAND OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Chimney ; Communication ; CUSTOM ; GREETING ; Hands ; LUCK ; Shake Hands ; SUPERSTITION ; Sweep

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 03-14-1970

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