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PLACE

AMONG THE STUDENTS AT WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, A NICK-
NAME FOR THE CITY IN WHICH THE TOWN IS SITUATED (KALAMAZOO)
IS KAZOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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PLACE (FRENCH NAMES)

ALL OF THE STREETS ARE NAMED AFTER A PERSON WHO IS KNOWN FOR
SOME REASON IN WAR, PEACE, ART, OR GOVERNMENT. THERE IS A STREET
NAMED THE AVENUE FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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PLACE

WHEN TOM WAS A LITTLE BOY, HE ALWAYS CALLED THE PACIFIC OCEAN
THE "SPECIFIC OCEAN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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PLACE

BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA: SHE USED THIS EXPRESSION TO DESCRIBE
HER BASEMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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PLACE

FRAIDY CELLAR = BASEMENT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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PLACE

AMONG THE STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, A NICKNAME
FOR ANN ARBOR, WHERE THE SCHOOL IS SITUATED, IS "A" RAISED
TO THE POWER OF 2 (ESPECIALLY USED ON LETTERS).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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PLACE (NAME STORY: "LOOSE WOMEN PROUD OF NAME")

"THE LOOSE WOMEN OF THIS VILLAGE HAVE DECIDED TO STAY THAT
WAY." "WE ARE PROUD OF IT, IT GIVES US A FEELING OF DISTINCTION,
ONE WOMAN SAID." SIXTY WOMEN RESIDENTS OF LOOSE, A VILLAGE IN
KENT COUNTY, THURSDAY VOTED DOWN A PROPOSAL FOR A CHANGE IN THE
TOWN'S NAME, LONG THE TARGET OF AMUSED VISITORS. "LOOSE WE ARE
AND LOOSE WE WILL STAY. THERE IS A TOWN CALLED UGLEY. I'D
RATHER BE CALLED LOOSE THAN UGLEY," A WOMAN SAID. THE NAME OF
THE VILLAGE HAS NO CONNECTION WITH ITS WOMEN, BUT COMES FROM
SEVERAL STREAMS...FROM LOOSE, ENGLAND."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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PLACE (FRENCH NAME)

THE WESTERN TIP OF BRITTANY GOING INTO THE OCEAN IS CALLED
FINISTERE. FINISTERE IS TRANSLATED, "END OF LAND."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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PLACE

ALBA - SCOTLAND USED TO BE CALLED ALBA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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Language

I have heard North Hall referred to as "Menopause Manor" the reason being that there are quite a few older residents in the dorm.

Submitter comment:

North Hall of Vanderbilt University

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Keyword(s): AGE ; Dormitory ; Female ; Language ; Manor ; Menopause ; Nickname ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; University ; Vanderbilt ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary ; WOMEN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

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The eight secluded areas complete with love seats in a girl's dorm lounge are known as the "passion pits."

Submitter comment:

The college is Emory and Henry in Emory, Virginia and the dorm is Martha Washington

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Keyword(s): COLLEGE ; Dorm ; Dormitories ; Language ; Lounge ; Loveseat ; Nickname ; Passion ; Pit ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

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