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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SWEEP THE FLOOR AT NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 02-15-1971

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SWEEP AFTER SUNDOWN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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SUPERSTITION

DO NOT SWEEP FLOORS AFTER THE LIGHTS ARE LIT IN THE HOME.
THIS WOULD MEAN SWEEPING HEALTH AND WEALTH FOR THE FAMILY OUT.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; WESTCHESTER

James Callow Keyword(s): BROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- P87O
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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BELIEF

ONE MUST NEVER SWEEP TOWARD A DOOR.
YOU MUST SWEEP TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM TO PREVENT YOURSELF
FROM SWEEPING MONEY OUT THE DOOR.

Submitter comment: A BELIEF PASSED DOWN FROM GRANDFATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BROOM ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 09-20-1967

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GOOD FRIDAY

"ON GOOD FRIDAY, YOU MUST NEVER SWEEP THE FLOOR BECAUSE GOD IS DEAD
AND YOU MIGHT SWEEP HIM OUT."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT GOT THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHO BELIEVES IN THIS FERVENTLY.
THIS WAS GOTTEN ( WRITTEN ) DOWN VERBATIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): BROOMS ; WORK TABOO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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CLEAN SWEEP

WHEN A NAVAL SHIP IS COMING INTO PORT AFTER A MISSION, A BROOM IS
TIED TO THE MAST OF THE SHIP TO SIGNIFY THAT THEY HAD A CLEAN SWEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NAVY BROOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

FOR THE LAST FIVE MINUTES OF THE OLD YEAR, AND THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES
OF THE NEW YEAR, IT IS NECESSARY TO SWEEP ONE'S HOUSE FROM BACK
TO FRONT. YOU SWEEP THE HOUSE TO "SWEEP OUT" TROUBLE AND SICKNESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; collector's home

Keyword(s): BROOM ; SYMBOLIC ACTION

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.1231
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 10-25-1970

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IF SOMEONE IS SWEEPING THE FLOOR IN AN AREA WHERE PEOPLE
ARE SEATED, ONE SHOULD NEVER LIFT THEIR FEET AND ALLOW
THE GROUND TO BE SWEPT UNDERNEATH THEM. THIS WILL RESULT
IN BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 00001930ca

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Sweeping one's foot is cause for never being married.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Broom superstitions

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage

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IF YOU SWEEP UNDER THE BED OF A PATIENT, HE WILL DIE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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Proverb

Polish Proverb:

Narva miotta dobrze zamiata

Translation: A new broom sweeps clean

Submitter comment:

I know this from my parents.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): BROOM ; ETHNIC ; JOB ; METAPHOR ; New ; POLISH ; Task ; YOUTH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

New brooms sweep clean.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BROOM ; Clean ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Sweep ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

New brooms sweep clean.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BROOM ; Clean ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Sweep ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A new broom always sweeps clean.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BROOM ; Clean ; Maxim ; New ; PROVERB ; Sweep ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A new broom sweeps clean.

Submitter comment:

Proverbial Metaphor

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BROOM ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Sweep ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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IF YOU STEP OVER A LONG HANDLED TOOL, BROOM, RAKE, HOE,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU STEP OVER IT BACKWARDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BROOM ; Handle ; Hoe ; LUCK ; Step ; Tool

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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SUPERSTITION

DO NOT SWEEP FLOORS AFTER THE LIGHTS ARE LIT IN THE HOME.
THIS WOULD MEAN SWEEPING HEALTH AND WEALTH FOR THE FAMILY OUT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; WESTCHESTER

Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; Domesticity ; Housekeeping ; Lights ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION ; Sweep

James Callow Keyword(s): BROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- P87O
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-26-1968

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BELIEF

ONE MUST NEVER SWEEP TOWARD A DOOR.
YOU MUST SWEEP TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM TO PREVENT YOURSELF
FROM SWEEPING OUT MONEY AND GOOD FORTUNE OUT THE DOOR.

Submitter comment:

A BELIEF PASSED DOWN FROM GRANDFATHER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: DETROIT ; MI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CLEANLINESS ; DIRECTION ; Domesticity ; fortune ; Housekeeping ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION ; Sweep

James Callow Keyword(s): BROOM ; DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 09-20-1967

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USE OF AN OBJECT BELIEF

IF YOU WANT COMPANY TO LEAVE, THAT HAVE OVERSTAYED THEIR
WELCOME, STAND YOUR BROOM UPSIDE DOWN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; BROOM ; DIRECTION ; Object ; SIGN ; Signal ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-22-1972

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED
AND YOUR HUSBAND GETS CROSS,
PICK UP THE BROOM
AND SAY I'M THE BOSS.

Submitter comment:

FROM INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1935

Data entry tech comment:

LINES DIVIDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; AUTOGRAPH ; Boss ; BROOM ; HUSBAND ; MARRIAGE ; Positive ; RHYME: ABCB ; Wife

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.345
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.533

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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