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FLAT ROCK IS CALLED BY DOWNRIVER PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIVE IN FLAT ROCK
LEVEL PEBBLE.

Submitter comment:

JUST RECENTLY.

A TOWN SOME 25 MILES SOUTH OO DETROIT, MICHIGAN.; FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN; THIS ITEM REFERS TO FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN,

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD 02-22-2011

James Callow comment:

INCOMPLETE COMMENT?
CN[ PARTIPILO, FRANK 720870
C1[ 14909 STONEHAM
C2[ RIVERVIEW, MICHIGAN 48192
CO[ JUST RECENTLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Keyword(s): Flat ; Language ; Level ; MICHIGAN ; Nickname ; Pebble ; Region ; REGIONAL ; Rock ; SLANG ; STATE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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RHYME OF DERISION

TEACHER, TEACHER, I DECLARE
I SEE (SO-AND-SO'S) UNDERWEAR
MIGHT BE PINK, MIGHT BE WHITE,
MIGHT BE FULL OF DYNAMITE.

I SAW LONDON, I SAW FRANCE
I SAW (SO-AND-SO'S) UNDERPANTS
MIGHT BE WHITE, MIGHT BE PINK,
I DON'T KNOW, BUT THEY SURE STINK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED BY CHILDREN WHEN THEY SEE SOMEONE ELSE'S UNDERWEAR.
IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A "HINT" TO TUCK IN YOUR SHIRT, OR PULL UP
YOUR FLY, AND IS USED BY BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS. USUALLY ONE OR THE
OTHER VERSE IS USED, BUT SOMETIMES THEY ARE BOTH USED IN SUCCESSION.
THE LAST STANZA OF EACH VERSE IS OFTEN SUBSTITUTED IN THE OTHER,
SINCE IT DOES NOT AFFECT THE RHYME.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR: NAMES OF COUNTRIES FOR BODY PARTS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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JAPANESE & NUMBER 8

THE NUMBER 8 IS HONORED BY JAPANESE.
JAPAN IS CALLED "EIGHT LARGE ISLANDS." BUDDHIST
DEITIES ARE REPRESENTED ON A LOTUS FLOWER OF
EIGHT PEDALS. THE 88TH BIRTHDAY IS A VERY
GRAND ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.88
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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"METTLEN ALP LEGEND"

ONE NIGHT, ON THE METTLEN ALP, THE CATTLE WERE IN THE BARN FOR THE
NIGHT AND THE PEOPLE WERE ASLEEP IN THE LOFT, WHEN ONE OF THE MEN
HEARD A TERRIBLE NOISE DOWNSTAIRS. HE LOOKED DOWN THE STAIRS AND SAW
THREE MEN MAKING CHEESE. THERE WERE THREE COPPER KETTLES, ONE FOR
EACH MAN, WITH GREEN, RED, AND NORMAL COLORED CHEESE. THE THREE MEN
SAW THE ONLOOKER AND TOLD HIM TO COME DOWN AND MAKE A CHOICE.
IF HE WAS TO TAKE THE GREEN CHEESE, HE COULD HAVE A WHOLE ALP ALL
TO HIMSELF WITH AS MANY CATTLE AS HE WANTED. IF HE WANTED THE RED
CHEESE, HE COULD HAVE AS MUCH MONEY AS HE WANTED WHILE HE LIVED.
IF HE WAS TO CHOOSE THE NORMAL CHEESE, GOD WOULD BLESS HIM, AND HE
WUOLD NEVER HAVE ANY TROUBLE. THEY TOLD HIM TO MAKE HIS CHOICE.
HE CHOSE THE RED. EVERYTHING BUT THE RED CHEESE DISAPPEARED.
THE NEXT DAY THE OTHERS CAME DOWN, AND SAW HIM LAYING ON THE FLOOR
WITH A SACK OF MONEY. HE WAS ILL, AND THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE KNOWN HIM
EXCEPT FOR HIS CLOTHES BECAUSE HE AGED AT LEAST TWENTY YEARS IN THE
NIGHT. HE DIED THE SAME EVENING. THE OTHERS WERE AFRAID, SO THEY WENT
INTO THE VILLAGE BELOW AND ASKED A MINSTER (WHO WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE
SPECIAL POWER OF EXORCISM) TO COME UP AND BLESS THE ALP THAT IT MIGHT
BE SAVED. HE TOLD THEM THAT THEY MUST TAKE A ROPE, MAKE THREE NOTES
IN IT AND GO AROUND THE BORDER OF THE ALP HITTING IT AS HARD AS
POSSIBLE WITH THE ROPE. AS SOON AS THE CIRCLE CLOSED, THERE WAS A
GREAT CLAP OF THUNDER, A COLUMN OF SMOKE AND A TERRIBLE SMELL
COMING FROM THE BARN. AFTER THAT, EVERYTHING WAS NORMAL.
THIS IS SAID TO BE TRUE: SINCE THAT TIME THE PEOPLE USE THAT BARN
TO SHELTER THE CATTLE AT NIGHT, AND TO WORK DURING THE DAY, BUT NO
ONE WILL STAY IN THE BARN AFTER DARK.)

Submitter comment: "FOLK NAME"
AN ALP IS A PLATEAU IN SWITZERLAND, WHERE, DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS
THE CATTLE ARE GRAZED. THESE CATTLE ARE WATCHED BY ONE FAMILY WHO
IS PAID BY THE COMMUNITY. THIS FAMILY ALSO MAKES BUTTER, CHEESE AND
ZIGER (A VERY SPECIAL CHEESE) FROM THE MILK OF THE COWS.
THESE PRODUCTS ARE DIVIDED AT THE END OF THE SUMMER AMONG THE PEOPLE
WHOSE COWS WERE GRAZED ON THE ALP.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being
SPEECH -- Place

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I ONCE HEARD AN OLD MAN SAY THAT GOING UP NORTH MEANT THAT YOU
WERE GOING UP IN THE EARTH,S ELEVATION.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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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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MANITOU BEACH, MICHIGAN NEAR ADDISON, MICHIGAN WAS NAMED
FOR SOME INDIAN NAMED MANITOU WHO HAD SETTLED THERE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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THE PARKING LOT BESIDE RENO AND SHIPLE HALLS ON THE
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, (DETROIT, MICHIGAN), CAMPUS
IS KNOWN UNOFFICIALLY AS "SIBERIA," WHILE THE LOT
BEHIND THE STADIUM ON FAIRFIELD AVENUE IS CALLED
"OUTER MONGOLIA." (THIS HAS SINCE BEEN TORN DOWN).
IN MOST CASES, SUCH NICKNAMES ARE KNOWN TO A CERTAIN
GROUP, SUCH AS THE ENGINEERS, THE GREEKS, THE DORM
STUDENTS, ETC. HOWEVER, I HEARD THESE NAMES (FROM A
NOW-FORGOTTEN SOURCE) AS A U-D FRESHMAN AND HAVE SINCE
FOUND THEM TO BE UNUSUALLY WIDE-SPREAD AMONG NEARLY
ALL THE STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group
SPEECH -- Place

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NAMING CONVENTIONS

PERSON MAY BE NAMED AFTER DEAD FAMILY RELATION. THE MOST COMMON
NAMES ARE MOHAMMED OR ALI. PEOPLE ARE NAMED AFTER THE PROPHET
MOHAMMED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Proper Name
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 10-00-1982

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DURING 1987, DETROIT EXPERIENCED A RASH OF TEEN VIOLENCE
OCCURRING IN EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS UNMATCHED BY ANY OTHER CITY
IN THE U.S. THIS EARNED DETROIT THE PHRASE:
"DETROIT, THE LAND OF THE SMOKING GUN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLACE NAME NICKNAME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 07-00-1987

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Balinese custom

The land of Bali is Gods' island, the gods own and operate
everything. It is known as the Gods' paradise.

Where learned: Bali ; Indonesia

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Folk etymology
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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PLACE

PEOPLE FROM SAN FRANCISCO REFER TO THEIR CITY ONLY AS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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PLACE (HOW THE MASSANUTTEN MOUNTAINS GOT THEIR NAME).

A MAN WAS WALKING IN VIRGINIA WITH A FRIEND WHEN HE ASKED,
"WHAT IS THAT OVER THERE?", POINTING TO THE MOUNTAIN. HIS
FRIEND ANSWERED, "OH, THAT'S JUST A MASS - A - NUTTEN."

Where learned: VIRGINIA

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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PLACE

RED LIGHT DISTRICT IS AN AREA OF A CITY IN WHICH PROSTITUTION
PREVAILS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PLACE

JUNK CITY IS A TERM APPLIED TO JUNCTION CITY, KANSAS; BY
THE SOLDIERS OF FORT RILEY, KANSAS.

Where learned: KANSAS ; FORT RILEY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PLACE (CAMPUS TRADITION)

IT HAS BEEN A TRADITION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, OVER
THE YEARS, TO CALL THE DIRTY OLD PARKING LOT ON FLORENCE
AND DEXTER BY THE NAME OF "SIBERIA."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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PLACE

THE LADY WOULD REMIND YOU, PLEASE, HER NAME IS NOT LOST
ANGIE LEES, NOR ANGIE ANYTHING WHATEVER. SHE HOPES HER
FRIENDS WILL BE SO CLEVER TO SHARE HER FIT HISTORIC PRIDE,
THE "G" SHALL NOT BE JELLIFIED. O LONG, G HARD, AND RHYME
WITH "YES." THAT'S ALL ABOUT LOSS ANG - EL - ESS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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PLACE

THE FOOTBALL MONUMENT - THE FISHER ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PLACE (NAMING LAKES)

WHEN THE INFORMANT WORKED AS A GEOLOGIST'S ASSISTANT FOR
PHELPS DODGE MINING CO., HE TRAVELED THROUGH THE UNEXPLORED
LAND OF UPPER ONTARIO. SINCE MUCH OF THIS LAND IS UNACCOUNTED
FOR, MANY OF THE GEOLOGISTS HELPED MAP OUT THIS COUNTRY. THE
INFORMANT CAME UPON MANY BEAUTIFUL LAKES WHICH WERE NOT
OFFICIALY MAPPED OUT OR NAMED. HE NAMED SEVEN LAKES AFTER
HIMSELF AND THE MEMBERS IN HIS FAMILY - - THERE ARE NOW A
JEAN, LONNY, DANNY, LINDA, LORNA, PETER, AND JULIE LAKES.
THIS INFORMATION IS ALSO RECORDED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MINES,
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO, RECORDERS OFFICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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PLACE (TRADITIONAL DETROIT PLACE NAMES)

1. DOWNTOWN: MAIN BUSINESS DISTRICT ON AND NEAR WOODWARD
AVENUE. FROM THE DETROIT RIVER NORTH TO FOREST AVENUE.
2. UPTOWN (OFFICIALLY: NEW CENTER AREA): VICINITY OF THE
JUNCTION OF WOODWARD AVENUE AND GRAND BOULEVARD. 3. SKID
ROW: MICHIGAN AVENUE BETWEEN FIRST AND SIXTH STREETS.
4. CHINATOWN: THIRD AVENUE BETWEEN WEST FORT AND BAGLEY.
5. NEW CHINATOWN: CASS AVENUE NORTH OF TEMPLE. 6. THE VALLEY:
NEGRO GHETTO GENERALLY NEAR DOWNTOWN. 7. DELRAY: HUNGARIAN
AREA ALONG WEST JEFFERSON FROM FORT WAYNE WEST TO RIVER
ROUGE. 8. RUSSELL WOODS: BOUNDED APPROXIMATELY BY COURT-
LAND, LIVERNOIS, DAVISON, AND LINWOOD STREETS. 9. INDIAN
VILLAGE: BOUNDED BY EAST JEFFERSON, VAN DYKE, MACK AND BURNS
STREETS. 10. SHERWOOD FOREST: BOUNDED BY SIX MILE, LIVERNOIS,
SEVEN MILE, AND THE DETROIT GOLF CLUB. 11. PALMER PARK (PALMER
WOODS): BOUNDED BY SEVEN MILE, LIVERNOIS, PEMBROOKE, AND
WOODWARD. 12. GREEN ACRES: BOUNDED BY PEMBROOKE, LIVERNOIS,
EIGHT MILE, AND WOODWARD. 13. ROSEDALE PARK (ROSEDALE PROPER):
BOUNDED BY GRAND RIVER, EVERGREEN, SIX MILE, AND SOUTHFIELD.
14. SOUTH ROSEDALE: BOUNDED BY SCHOOLCRAFT, EVERGREEN, GRAND
RIVER, AND SOUTHFIELD. 15. BRIGHTMOOR: OLD CHEAP HOUSING WEST
OF EVERGREEN; NEAR FENKELL AND SCHOOLCRAFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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