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THEY SAY IT'S BAD LUCK TO SWEEP OUTSIDE AFTER DARK (MY GRAND-
MOHER SAID), "BUT THAT'S JUST A SUPERSTITION 'CAUSE I'VE
SWEPT AT NIGHT MANY A TIME AND NOTHING BAD EVER HAPPENED
TO ME 'CEPT A SNAKE GOT IN THE HOUSE."
(MAMA) "YOU KNOW, DADDY SAYS THERE'S A MAN ON THE TRAIN
THAT GETS REAL UPSET IF THEY SWEEP OUT THE TRAIN AFTER
DARK--SAYS IT'LL REALLY BRING BAD LUCK."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SHELBYVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO MOVE A BROOM WHEN MOVING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO SWEEP DIRT OUT OF THE DOOR AFTER DARK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 03-25-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SWEEP DIRT OUT OF THE HOUSE AFTER THE
SUN GOES DOWN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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THIS WAS TOLD TO SISTER MARY ANTHONY BY A YOUNG NEGRO GIRL:
IT IS BAD LUCK TO SWEEP OUT THE HOUSE AFTER DARK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 00001965 SUMMER

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BAD LUCK TO BE HIT BY A BROOM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 05-05-1969

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IF YOU GET SWEPT ON THE FOOT BY A BROOM, IT IS BAD LUCK.
YOU CAN CHANGE IT BY SPITTING ON THE BROOM.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Conversions Broom Sweeping
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DON'T SWEEP DIRT OUT OF THE HOUSE AFTER SUNDOWN.

Submitter comment: SHE SAYS SHE DOESN'T BELIEVE MOST SUPERSTITIONS, BUT SHE

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 06-20-1973

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DO NOT SWEEP OUT TRASH FROM HOUSE AFTER DARK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO MOVE AN OLD BROOM TO A NEW HOUSE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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IF YOU SWEEP TRASH OUT OF THE HOUSE AFTER THE SUN HAS GONE DOWN,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEVER SWEEP OR CLEAN OUT A ROOM AND LET THE RUBBISH BE SWEPT
OUTDOORS AFTER SUNDOWN.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.800

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SWEEP AT NIGHT (SWEEP AWAY ALL YOU(R) GOOD LUCK.
IN THE OLD DAYS PEOPLE PLAYED FIREWORKS FOR THE MOSLEM HOLIDAYS,
AND THESE WERE PLAYED AT NIGHT. IF THEY SWEPT THEIR YARD IT
MEANT THAT THE PAPER FROM THE FIREWORKS WOULD DISAPPEAR, AND
THE PERSON COULD NOT BOAST TO HIS NEIGHBORS THAT HE HAD BOUGHT
SO MANY FIREWORKS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JAVA ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO STEP OVER A BROOM.

Submitter comment: MRS. REAVES LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION FROM HER GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-21-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO BE HIT WITH A BROOM.

Submitter comment: MRS. REAVES LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION FROM HER GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-21-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO MOVE A BROOM; BUT IF YOU DO, YOU SHOULD CUT
OUT SOME OF THE STRAWS AND LEAVE THEM BEHIND.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Keyword(s): RELOCATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK TO MOVE A BROOM WHEN YOU MOVE FROM
ONE HOUSE TO ANOTHER; BUT IF YOU DO, THROW IT OVER THE HOUSE
BEFORE YOU USE IT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Conversions Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IF A BROOM FALLS IN FRONT OF YU, NEVER STEP OVER IT, PICK
IT UP. IT IS BAD LUCK IF YOU STEP OVER IT.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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NEVER LET ANYONE SWEEP UNDER YOUR FEET, IF YOU DO YOU WILL
NEVER MARRY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PRIMM SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SWEEP DIRT OUT OF DOORS AFTER SUNDOWN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; LUCK ; Out ; Outdoors ; Sundown ; SUNSET ; Sweep

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 11-22-1972

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