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A BROOM

BUY A BROOM IN MAY,
AND SWEEP THE FAMILY AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): CLEANLINESS ; IRONY (EXCEEDING CLEANLINESS CREATES ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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A PECK OF DIRT IN YOUR LIFE

EVERY PERSON EATS A PECK OF DIRT IN HIS LIFETIME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INEVITABILITY ; OBSERVATION ; UNCLEANLINESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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PROVERB

EVERYONE MUST EAT A BUSHEL OF DIRT BEFORE HE DIES.

Submitter comment: SEE DORSON: BUYING THE WIND NO. 351
PAGE 138
EACH ONE MUST EAT SEVEN POUNDS OF DIRT AND A HANK OF TOW PER YEAR.
I HAVE HEARD THIS PROVERB FROM MY MOTHER AND OTHER PEOPLE SINCE
DHILDHOOD.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INEVITABILITY ; OBSERVATION ; UNCLEANLINESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEVER SOIL YOUR OWN NEST

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): SCATOLOGICAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CLEANLINESS ; DEFICATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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I HAD OBSERVED THAT THE PUERTO RICAN PEASANTRY (JIBAROS) WERE
VERY (UNDERLINED) CLEAN PEOPLE. THEIR SHACKS, WHILE
REFLECTING AN EXTREME LEVEL OF POVERTY, WERE SPOTLESS. THE
CHILDREN WERE DRESSED IN CLOTHES WHICH SHOWED THAT SOMEBODY
CARED. THEY WERE STARCHED AND IRONED WITH GREAT CARE. THE
BOYS INVARIABLY WORE LITTLE SPORT SHIRTS WHICH LOOKED NEW, AND
MUST HAVE COST A LARGE PORTION OF THE FAMILY'S INCOME. KNOWING
HOW THESE PEOPLE VALUED THEIR MALE CHILDREN, I COULDN'T HELP
WONDERING WHY THE LITTLE BOYS (UNDER FOUR) ALWAYS RAN AROUND
IN THEIR IMMACULATE SHIRTS--ONLY. NEVER DID THEY WEAR ANY
GARMENT ON THE LOWER PART OF THE BODY. WHY--IF THEY COULD
AFFORD SHIRTS, WHY NOT PANTS?
IT IS THE BELIEF THAT A BOY WILL BE MACHO (VIRILE) IF THE
SUN IS ALLOWED TO SHINE ON HIS GENITALIA AS MUCH OF THE TIME
AS POSSIBLE WHILE HE IS LITTLE. LITTLE GIRLS ARE ALWAYS
COVERED UP.

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Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; SANTURCE

Keyword(s): Genitalia ; Machismo ; MASCULINITY ; Peasants ; Poor ; Puerto Rico ; Sunshine

James Callow Keyword(s): CLEANLINESS ; SEX

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Lower body and legs
BELIEF -- P566

Date learned: 00001963 ca.

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Proverb

Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

Submitter comment:

Favorite Comment

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: OHIO ; Sylvania

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Clean ; CLEANLINESS ; God ; Godliness ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

Submitter comment:

Gathered from Memory

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

original BN [V600] Crossed out, Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Clean ; CLEANLINESS ; God ; Godliness ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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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.

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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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