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TOURIST NAMING

THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY RUN VARIOUS TOURS THROUGH ITS ROUGE
PLANT, MR. BARRY IS THE SENIOR GUIDE ON THE STAF.
OF COURSE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE TAKEN THE FORD TOUR.
THE GUIDE STAFF TENDS TO GIVE THE VARIOUS GROUPS PET NAMES.
ONCE MR. BARRY HAD A FARM PARTY FROM INDIANA, AND THEIR NAME
WAS HERMAN, WELL THE NAME STUCK, AND WHENEVER ANYONE WITH A
FARM OR BUMPKIN APPEARANCE TAKES A TOUR, THE GUIDES REFER TO
THEM AS HERMANS.

Submitter comment: THUS THE INFORMANT INVENTED THE TERM AND IT HAS BECOME A
TRADITIONAL WORD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Trade & commerce
SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

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COLLOQUIALISM

"HEELTAPPERS" IS THE NAME OF A SHIPPING VESSEL MANNED BY MARBLEHEAD
FISHERMAN WHO WERE CALLED "HEELTAPPERS" BECAUSE IN THE WINTER TIME
WHEN THE WEATHER WAS TOO BAD FOR FISHING, MARBLEHEADERS MADE SHOES.
SHOE MANUFACTURING WAS THE OTHER PRIMARY INDUSTRY IN MARBLEHEAD.
IF THE FISHERMAN WERE NOT AT SEA, THEN THEY WERE HOME MAKING SHOES
AND WERE CALLED "HEELTAPPERS" FROM POUNDING THE LITTLE NAILS INTO
THE HEELS OF THE SHOES. AS A RESULT, THE FISHING BOATS THEY WENT
OUT ON WERE CALLED "HEELTAPPERS".

Submitter comment: "HEELTAPPERS" IS A PARTICULAR KIND OF FISHING VESSEL BUT THE
INFORMANT COULD NOT REMEMBER IN WHAT WAY IT WAS DIFFERENT FROM
THE OTHER TYPES. THIS COLLOQUIAL TERM WAS LIMITED ONLY TO THE
MARBLEHEAD AREA. THIS ITEM, AS WELL AS THE COMMENTS, WERE TAKEN
DIRECTLY AS THE INFORMANT GAVE THEM TO ME WHILE VISITING AT MY HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-00-1977

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JOE FROM THE HOUSE OF THE POUND.

Submitter comment: IN MALTA, WHEN SPEAKING OF SOMEONE, THE SURNAME IS ELIMINATED AND
THE FAMILY NICKNAME IS USED INSTEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 01-28-1979

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REGIONAL NAME FOR TOURISTS

IN ST. IGNACE, MICHIGAN, TOURISTS VISITING NEARBY MACKINAC ISLAND
ARE CALLED "FUDGIES" BY THE LOCAL RESIDENTS BECAUSE OF THE
FUDGE SOLD ON THE ISLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT IGNACE

Subject headings: Person / Nickname
SPEECH -- FamilyGroup
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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GETTING MARRIED

"CHANGE YOUR NAME AND NOT THE LETTER,
CHANGE FOR WORSE AND NOT FOR BETTER."

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: 860 Belief
BELIEF -- Marriage
SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 01-30-1970

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NAMING

FISHIES--NAME GIVEN TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL KIDS BY THE PUBLIC SCHOOL
KIDS, STEMMING FROM WHEN THE CATHOLICS COULDN'T EAT MEAT ON FRIDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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MRS.MERRIWEATHER

CUT OFF ALL OF THE LIGHTS IN THE HOUSE AND STAND IN FRONT OF A
MIRROR AND SAY 15 TIMES, WHILE TURNING AROUND IN A 360 DEGREE
CIRCLE, MRS. MERRIWEATHER, MRS. MERRIWEATHER; AND HER BLOODY
FACE WILL APPEAR BEFORE YOU.

Submitter comment: NO ONE HAS REACHED 15 TIMES, ALL WERE AFRAID OF IT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; NORWEST THEATER

James Callow Keyword(s): CONJURATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- P689 P689.1
SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 01-30-1984

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Whenever I take a test or quiz I sign my name Lori Taylor-Muckle
to give me good luck.

Submitter comment: I'm engaged and Taylor is the last name of my fiance. This
ritual has worked so far I haven't failed a test in two years.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 00001980S

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I work with a teacher by the name of Penny Coin.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOROUS NAME

Subject headings: Person / Nickname
SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 03-22-1992

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Why we say "His name is Mud"

The doctor who treated John Wilkes Booth was Dr. Mud. This is
where the saying "his name is Mud" originated. This saying is
widespread and frequently used. An ancestor of Dr. Mud is currently
trying to clear the family name.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND BLANC

James Callow Keyword(s): Lincoln assassination

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 01-00-1991

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ALL COURTNEY WOMEN ARE SPINSTERS, THAT IS ALL GIRLS WHOSE
LAST NAME IS COURTNEY.

Submitter comment: FIVE GENERATIONS, THERE HAS BEEN NO EXCEPTION FOUND.
THIS IS ON FATHER'S SIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 11-03-1971

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TWIST THE STEM OF AN APPLE, AND WITH EACH TWIST, SAY A
LETTER OF THE ALPHABET. THE LETTER THAT YOU ARE SAYING
WHEN THE STEM BREAKS IS THE INITIAL OF THE LAST NAME
OF THE MAN YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Use of Object
SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 05-04-1969

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NAME

THE NAME CANUCK COMES FROM FRENCH - CANADIAN FUR TRAPPERS WHO
PADDLED THE BOAT OF THE SAME NAME TO TRAP BEAVER ETC. IN
CANADA'S NORTHERN LAKES AROUND THE 17TH CENTURY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED ON A CHORUS TRIP

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 03-00-1967

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NAME

DEROGATORY NAME FOR A FRENCH - CANADIAN FROG IS A DEROGATORY
NAME USED IN MODERN TIMES FOR A FRENCH - CANADIAN. HE IS A
CANADIAN SO THIS NAME IS COMMON TO HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED ON A CHORUS TRIP

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 03-00-1967

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FAMILY NAME

IN MY FIANCE'S FAMILY (MR. AND MRS. DONALD SULLIVAN), THE
MOTHER (AND WIFE) IS COMMONLY CALLED "GRANNY" AND THE ONLY
SON (DONALD JR.) IS CALLED SIMPLY "SON." THEIR FIRST NAMES
ARE RARELY USED EXCEPT FOR EMPHASIS. THE REASON BEHIND MRS.
SULLIVAN BEING CALLED "GRANNY" IS THAT MR. SULLIVAN (WHO HAS
SILVER HAIR) WAS NICKNAMED BY NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN AS
"GRANDPA" (THIS NO LONGER EXISTS). HE DECIDED THAT IF HE WAS
TO BE CALLED "GRANDPA", MRS. SULLIVAN WOULD BE "GRANNY." THE
NAME HAS SINCE STUCK WITH HER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 12-00-1968

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NAME

THE NAME OF MY DENTIST IS DR. TOOTHACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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NICKNAME FOR WHITE PEOPLE

INFORMANT HAS A YOUNG BLACK GIRL FOR A SECRETARY AT HIS PLACE
OF EMPLOYMENT. ONE DAY IN CONVERSATION SHE SAID TO INFORMANT,
"YOU'RE JUST A PECK OF WOOD." WHEN INFORMANT ASKED THE GIRL FOR
AN EXPLANATION SHE SAID THAT WAS A WAY THAT BLACK PEOPLE HAD FOR
DESCRIBING WHITE PEOPLE; "PECKERWOOD."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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NAME (JACK THOMPSON)

AMONG MANY SCOTS, ESPECIALLY IN SCOTLAND, A DRUNK MAN IS
DESCRIBED AS HAVING BEEN IN "OLD JACK THOMPSON'S BINS." THE
INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY A MIDDLE AGED SCOTTISH MAN ONE DAY
WHEN HE TOLD HIM HIS NAME WAS THOMPSON. IT IS A WELL KNOWN
SAYING IN SCOTLAND AND IT PROBABLY CAME FROM THE JACK THOMPSON
BRAND OF SCOTCH WHISKEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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NAME

PEOPLE WHO DO NOT LIKE BELGIANS REFER TO THEM AS "BUFFALOES."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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NAME

RAILROAD WORKERS ARE CALLED "GANDY DANCERS."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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