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COMMON WORD

MASHUGANAH

Submitter comment: IT IS A YIDDISH TERM FOR A CRAZY PERSON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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COMMON WORD

SCHVARTZAH

Submitter comment: IT IS A YIDDISH TERM USED TO DESCRIBE NEGROES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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COMMON WORD

TITS

Submitter comment: IT MEANS SOMETHING IS GOOD- TITS ALRIGHT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 07-00-1978

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COMMON WORD

JEW CANOE

Submitter comment:

ANOTHER NAME FOR A CADILLAC-MANY JEWS DRIVE THEM

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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COMMON WORD

THANKS BOB

Submitter comment: A REMARK FOR WHEN SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING OF THE OBVIOUS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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COMMON WORD

YOU'RE OUT

Submitter comment: A REMARK MADE AFTER SOMEONE SAYS OR DOES SOMETHING DUMB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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COMMON WORD

CRIB

Submitter comment: ANOTHER NAME FOR A HOUSE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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COMMON WORD

ZOOMERS

Submitter comment: ANOTHER NAME FOR AMPHETAMINES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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COMMON WORD

ZIPPIDY DO DAHS

Submitter comment: ANOTHER NAME FOR AMPHETAMINES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 02-20-1979

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COMMON WORD

ON THE RAG

Submitter comment: IT MEANS TO ACT BITCHY-LIKE WHEN WOMEN ARE HAVING THEIR PERIOD,
THEY ARE ALWAYS COMPLAINING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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REGIONAL FOOD NAME

IN THE DETROIT, MICHIGAN AREA, A HOT DOG COVERED WITH A BEANLESS
CHILI PLUS CHOPPED ONIONS AND MUSTARD IS CALLED A "CONEY ISLAND."
IN OTHER STATES, INCLUDING NEW YORK, HOME OF THE REAL CONEY ISLAND,
THIS CONCOCTION, IF AVAILABLE, IS CALLED A "MICHIGAN HOT DOG."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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REGIONAL FOOD NAME

IN THE DETROIT, MICHIGAN AREA, A SODA-LIKE MIXTURE OF VANILLA ICE
CREAM AND VERNOR'S GINGERALE IS CALLED A BOSTON COOLER.

Submitter comment: AS FAR AS I KNOW, VERNOR'S IS NOT AVAILABLE IN BOSTON. THUS IT IS
IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE A BOSTON COOLER IN BOSTON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MASSACHUSETTS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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SYNTAX CHANGE

THE YARD SURROUNDING THE HOME WAS CALLED A DOOR-YARD RATHER THAN A
FRONT OR BACK YARD.

Submitter comment: ITEM WAS LEARNED IN NOVA SCOTIA ALTHOUGH COLLECTED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word
SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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TO MY SURPRISE THE SUBURBS OF SAN DIEGO
DO NOT HAVE ANY CURBS. WHEN
I ASKED MY AUNT WHY THEY DIDN'T SHE
REPLIED LAUGHINGLY, "THOSE ARE GUTTERS."

Submitter comment: IN SAN DIEGO THEIR CURBS ARE FLAT
TO ALLOW PROPER DRAINAGE WHEN IT RAINS.
THUS THE REASON FOR CALLING THEM GUTTERS.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN DIEGO

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 12-00-1979

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IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN THE TOURISTS ARE REFERRED TO AS "FUDGIES"
BECAUSE THEY BUY SO MUCH FUDGE AND THERE ARE SO MANY FUDGE
SHOPS TO ACCOMMODATE THEM. LATELY THE TOURISTS HAVE ALSO
BEEN CALLED "WAFFLIES" BECAUSE THEY'RE STARTING TO BUY MORE
WAFFLE CONES THAN FUDGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CHARLEVOIX

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word
SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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Put the first money you receive each day into an
empty pocket; it will attract more coins.

Submitter comment: In English market places this custom is still very
popular; that original coin is called handsel.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; LONDON

James Callow Keyword(s): Pilot

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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Did I tell you about the time I embarrassed my uncle? We were
on a train in England and I asked the waiter for a napkin. He and
my uncle began laughing and asked why I would want a napkin. It
turns out that "napkin," the way the British use it, means "diaper"
for a baby. The correct way to ask for an "American napkin" if you
are in England, is to ask for a "serviette."

Submitter comment: Lillian is 86 years old; she was a woman before her time as she
was growing up. I would have liked to know her when she still
remembered everything she had done in her life; now her memory has
faded badly. She only has 3 stories which she tells you over and
over again, and 4 or 5 phrases which she constantly says. This
story is one of the stories.

Where learned: ENGLAND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
SPEECH -- Common Word

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NAME TABU

DON'T CALL A BABY'S TEETH "TEETH," BECAUSE IF YOU DO,
THE BABY MIGHT NOT GET ANY MORE TEETH. CALL THEM
RICE GRAINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TABU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN PARIS, TENNESSEE, WHEN ONE IS OVERLY INTOXICATED, ONE IS
SAID TO BE "DRUNKER THAN COOTIE BROWN."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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