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STOVE

HOB

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WHAT HER IRISH MOTHER CALLED A STOVE EVEN AFTER SHE CAME
TO AMERICA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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WASHCLOTH

FLANNEN

Submitter comment: THIS IS WHAT HER MOTHER WHO WAS IRISH ALWAYS CALLED A WASHCLOTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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BACK-FORTY

I LEARNED THAT WHEN SOMEONE REFERS TO "BACK FORTY", THEY ARE
REFERRING TO THE BACK YARD, BACK LOT, OR OUT IN THE FIELD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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AWHATZIT

ACCORDING TO INFORMANT, WHEN THE NAME OF A TOOL OR SOME OTHER PIECE
OF EQUIPMENT IS NOT KNOWN, THEN IT IS REFERRED TO AS AWHATZIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INDEFINITE NOUN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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THINGAMAJIG

ACCORDING TO INFORMANT, WHEN THE NAME OF A TOOL OR SOME OTHER PIECE
OF EQUIPMENT IS NOT KNOWN, THEN IT IS REFERRED TO AS A THINGAMAJIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INDEFINITE NOUN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG

IN YOUR DARBY KELLY - IN YOUR BELLY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Roof Ceiling
SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 11-30-1977

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COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG

TROUBLE AND STRIFE - WIFE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG

UP THE APPLES AND PEARS - UP THE STAIRS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG

TIT FOR TAT - YOUR HAT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG

PLATES OF MEAT - YOUR FEET

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG

ON THE RORY O MOORE MEANS ON THE FLOOR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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WHILE IN A TRUCK STOP ON DETROIT'S EAST SIDE WITH A LONG DISTANCE
TOWING DRIVER NAMED FRANK OF DETROIT TOWING WHO WAS TOWING MY
REA TRUCK. HE REFERRED TO COFFEE AS BLACK JOE. THIS INSTANCE OCCURRED
IN JUNE 1969

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word
SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 12-01-1972

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WORM-ETTEN KIDS

THE TERM WORM-ETTEN DESCRIBES SCRAWNY LITTLE CHILDREN
MAUREEN'S INFORMANT WAS EVA HARMON, HER 82 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER OF
FRENCH DESCENT NOW RESIDING IN ALGONAC, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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EVIL EYE

THE EVIL EYE IS KNOWN AS MAL OCCULO IN ITALY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse
SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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FORMULA SPEECH

IN REFERRING TO A POWERFUL BLOW: A HAYMAKER

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): METAPHOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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COMMON PHRASE

TO BLOW LUNCH

Submitter comment: ANOTHER NAME FOR VOMITING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 09-00-1977

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COMMON WORD

IT'S HOT

Submitter comment: IT MEANS A CONCERT WAS GREAT

Where learned: COLORADO ; DENVER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 12-00-1978

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COMMON WORD

HUMP DAY

Submitter comment: ANOTHER NAME FOR WEDNESDAY- THE HUMP OF THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 01-00-1977

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COMMON WORD

A QUEEB

Submitter comment: THE PASSAGE OF AIR THROUGH THE FEMALE GENITALIA

Where learned: COLORADO ; DENVER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 12-00-1978

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COMMON WORD

B.F. EGYPT

Submitter comment: IT IS A PLACE THAT IS VERY FAR TO DRIVE TO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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