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SCRATCHING YOUR HEAD. DONE WITH FOREFINGER AS IF TO
STIMULATE YOUR MIND TO REMEMBER SOMETHING OR TO
THINK BETTER.

Submitter comment: PICKED IT UP IN JERSEY CITY, N. J. WHEN I WAS 7 OR 8
YEARS OLD IN ABOUT 1954.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; JERSEY CITY

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
SPEECH -- Thinking Remembering Forgetting

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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STROKING YOUR CHIN (OR BEARD) IS A SIGN OF THOUGHTFULNESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.16
SPEECH -- Thinking Remembering Forgetting

Date learned: 11-16-1967

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SOME PEOPLE SNAP THEIR FINGER WHEN THEY FORGOT OR FORGET
SOMETHING. THEY USUALLY SAY "HEY, OR UM, SURE,
FORGOT ALL ABOUT IT." THEY TAKE THEIR INDEX FINGER
AND THEIR THUMB, RUB THEM TOGETHER, CAUSING A POP
THAT GOES "SNAP."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Thinking Remembering Forgetting

Date learned: 01-30-1971

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SNAPPING YOUR FINGERS IS A SIGN THAT YOU HAVE JUST
REMEMBERED SOMETHING THAT YOU HAD FORGOTTEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Thinking Remembering Forgetting

Date learned: 11-16-1967

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