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WHEN DRESSING, TO AVOID BAD LUCK, ALWAYS DRESS
YOURSELF FROM THE LEFT TO THE RIGHT SIDE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; DIRECTION ; LEFT ; LUCK ; RIGHT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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RIDDLE

OVER THE GROUND,
UNDER YOUR NOSE
IT HAS AS MANY HEELS AS TOES. (A PAIR OF SHOES).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING (A) WEARING APPAREL (A)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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SPANISH PROVERB

ALTHOUGH A GIRL IS DRESSED IN SILK, SHE REMAINS A GIRL.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER SPANISH TEACHER, MR. FARRELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PRETENTION?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS MAD AS A HATTER.

James Callow comment: SEE "ALICE IN WONDERLAND." HATTERS ARE SOMETIMES
DRIVEN MAD BY THE CHEMICALS THEY USE IN PROCESSING
FELT, (MATERIAL FOR HATS) I'VE HEARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; DEFINITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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FOLK SPEECH

DRESSED OUT OF THE BANDBOX.

Submitter comment: MEANING DRESSED IN FINERY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): DRESSED FIT TO KILL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

A CHAIR HAS A BACK BUT IT DOESN'T WEAR A COAT.

Submitter comment: MEANING HERE THAT MOST THINGS THAT DO HAVE A BACK ARE ABLE TO
WEAR A COAT. IT'S AN ATTEMPT AT PERSONIFICATION.
THIS WAS TOLD TO ME AT A DINNER I ATTENDED. I HEARD THIS USED AS A
RETORT RATHER THAN A RIDDLE, I.E. THAT'S LIKE THE ONE OF THE CHAIR
THAT HAS A BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; FUNCTION ; HUMAN CREATION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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PROVERB

CLOTHES MAKE MAN.

Submitter comment: THE AMERICAN VERSION: CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): APPEARANCE ; ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

THE COAT AND PANTS DO THE WORK, BUT THE VEST GETS THE GRAVY.

Submitter comment: FROM SOMEONE AT WORK

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PUN ; SLANG

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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SHOE BELIEF

DO NOT PUT YOUR SHOES ON THE TABLE, OR YOU WILL HAVE A FIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CLOTHING ; HOSTILITY

Subject headings: Daily Life
BELIEF -- P87O

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WHITE RACE BELIEF

GWEN'S MOTHER BELIEVES THAT THE REASON THAT WHITE PEOPLE DO
NOT GET AS COLD AS NEGROES IS BECAUSE WHITE MOTHERS
PUT THEIR CHILDREN OUTSIDE IN WINTERTIME WITH ONLY A JACKET.
PERHAPS, NEGROES HAVE COLD BLOOD BECAUSE THEIR MOTHERS KEEP
THEIR CHILDREN INSIDE DURING REALLY COLD WEATHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; COLOR

Subject headings: Daily Life

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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RUMOR ABOUT TEACHER

IT WAS RUMORED THAT OUR ALGEBRA TEACHER, MR. JOHNSON, PICKED
HIS NOSE AND PUT THE MUCUS BEHIND HIS TIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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POLISH PROVERB

EACH ONE KNOWS BEST WHERE HIS SHOE HURTS HIM.
(POLISH) KAZDY WIE NAJLEPIEJ, GAZIE GO TRZEWIK CISNIE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED TO POINT OUT THAT NO ONE KNOWS ANOTHERS PROBLEMS AS
WELL AS THAT PERSON HIMSELF. I KNOW THIS FROM HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB IN VERSE

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY YOU SHOULD WEAR SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE, AND A PENNY IN YOUR
SHOE FOR GOOD LUCK

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; COLOR ; MONEY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.400
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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BLASON POPULAIRE

PACELLI WOULDN'T BE CAUGHT WITH HIS VERBAL PANTS DOWN

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD STATES THAT THE INFORMATON WAS RECEIVED
IN A LETTER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; WORDS

James Callow Keyword(s): UNPREPARED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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PLAYING BOTH ENDS AGAINST THE MIDDLE IS A FAT MAN
TRYING TO BUCKLE HIS BELT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; FUTILITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

AN OLD SAYING TO EXPRESS DISGUST OVER A NICE THING
BEING RUINED BY NEGLECT IS CALLED
PUTTING A TUXEDO ON A HOG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ANIMAL ; CLOTHING ; CONTRAST ; INCONGRUITY

James Callow Keyword(s): COVER UP: SURFACE DRESSING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-10-1968

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HAT TRICK

WHAT DID THE TIE SAY TO THE HAT?
YOU GO ON AHEAD, I AM GOING TO HANG AROUND.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): PERSONIFICATION CLOTHING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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DRESS LUCKY ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; GOOD LUCK: HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR ACTIVITIES ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

THE GREEK PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT IT IS GOOD LUCK TO WEAR YOUR UNDERWEAR
INSIDE OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 06-29-1964

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LUCK (COLLECTOR,S TITLE) ; CONVERSION; UNDERWEAR-SLIP (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

IF YOU PUT SLIP ON INSIDE-OUT,
IT IS GOOD LUCK TO LEAVE IT THAT WAY, BUT BAD LUCK TO CHANGE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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BUTTONING CLOTHING (COLLECTOR,S TITLE)

CLOTHING BUTTONED THE WRONG WAY SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED, BECAUSE YOUR
LUCK WILL ALSO CHANGE.

Submitter comment:

TOLD TO ME AT HOME

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Button ; CLOTHES ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; LUCK ; Mismatched ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P833 P833.22

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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