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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY,
BAD LUCK YOU WILL HAVE ALL DAY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700 .881
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.882
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Sharp objects

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SUPERSTITION

INCLUDE SOME COINS (AT LEAST A PENNY) IN A KNIFE SET BOX WHEN
GIVING IT AS A GIFT OR ELSE IT WILL SEVER YOUR FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Gifts
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 00001970S

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Giving knives is bad luck unless you include
some money, usually a small amount.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Bad luck Gifts
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00001960S

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Giving knives as a present is bad luck unless
the person who receives them pays the giver,
usually a penny.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Bad luck Gifts
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00001960S

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TO SEE A PIN AND LEAVE IT BE IS SURE TO BRING
BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: UNKNOWN SOURCE

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SIT ON A PAIR OF SCISSORS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 02-14-1970

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IT'S CONSIDERED UNLUCKY IF YOU USE A SCISSORS ON
SUNDAY. A RAZOR OR ANY OTHER CUTTING DEVICE IS
O.K., BUT A SCISSORS IS NOT TO BE USED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HIS PENNSYLVANIA
MOTHER IN HIS CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 01-12-1967

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NEVER GIVE YOUR BOYFRIEND SCISSORS, A RAZOR, OR AN
ELECTRIC SHAVER. IT IS BAD LUCK AND YOU WILL
BREAK UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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IF ONE RECEIVED A PIN OR BROOCH FOR A GIFT, ONE
ALWAYS GAVE THE GIVER A COIN, SO AS TO WARD
OFF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WILSON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 03-12-1972

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IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT SOMEONE'S POCKET KNIFE, ALWAYS HAND IT
BACK TO THEM LIKE YOU RECEIVED IT, OPEN OR CLOSED. IT'S
BAD LUCK NOT TO.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 06-15-1970

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL THAT DAY YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL THE DAY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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NEVER GIVE A KNIFE OR ANYTHING SHARP TO A FRIEND OR IT
WILL CUT YOUR FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 08-01-1968

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THE OTHER DAY, I HEMMED SOME CURTAINS FOR VIRGINIA SMITH AND
I LEFT A STRAIGHT PIN IN THEM. SHE SAID THAT I'D HAVE TO
TAKE THAT PIN BACK HOME WITH ME, BECAUSE IF I DIDN'T, OUR
FRIENDSHIP WOULD BREAK UP. SHE REALLY BELIEVES THAT, TOO.

Where learned: BARRETT RD ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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SEE A PIN, PICK IT UP; ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN, LET IT LAY, YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL THE DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SEE A PIN AND DO NOT PICK IT UP, IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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IF YOU FIND A PIN WITH POINT TOWARDS YOU, IT'S GOOD LUCK.
IF THE HEAD IS TURNED TOWARD YOU, IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RICHMOND

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP, AND ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY, YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 06-18-1973

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO TAKE A PEN FROM A PERSON AND SIGN SOMETHING
WITH IT. YOU SHOULD WAIT UNTIL THE PERSON PUTS THE PEN
DOWN, THEN PICK IT UP AND USE IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO GIVE SCISSORS OR KNIVES AS GIFTS TO FRIENDS OR
KIN. IT WILL SEVER YOUR RELATIONSHIP.
IT (IF) KNIVES OR SCISSORS ARE GIVEN, THE RECEIVER SHOULD
PAY THE PERSON GIVING THE GIFT A PENNY SO THEIR FRIENDSHIP
WILL NOT BE SEVERED.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION FROM HER MOTHER, MRS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Medium of exchange
BELIEF -- P226 P226.4
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Sharp objects

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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BAD LUCK WILL COME ABOUT IF YOU DON'T GIVE A PENNY WITH A KNIFE
OR OTHER ITEM WITH A SHARP EDGE WHEN THEY ARE GIFTS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Gifts
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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