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ONE WHITE FOOT, BUY IT.
TWO WHITE FEET, TRY IT.
THREE WHITE FEET, SEE HOW IT GOES,
FOUR WHITE FEET, AND WHITE NOSE,
CUT OFF ITS FEET AND THROW IT TO THE CROWS.

Submitter comment: THIS APPLIES TO BUYING A HORSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; ANIMAL NUMBERS ; HUMOR EUPHEMISM SYMBOL OVERSTATEMENT ; INCREMENTAL REPETITION, SURPRISE ENDING CONTRAST QUINTET ; INTERACTION INITIAL INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; METER: DACTYL RHYME: FEMININE TRIPLE ; RHYME AABBB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL WHO HAD A LITTLE CURL,
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF HER FOREHEAD.
WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, SHE WAS VERY, VERY GOOD;
WHEN SHE WAS BAD, SHE WAS HORRID.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FATHER SAID THIS TO HER OFTEN WHEN SHE WAS
YOUNGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION BEHAVIOR ; METER: ANAPESTIC ; MONOLOGUE CONTRAST ; RHYME: FEMININE, IMPERFECT, INTERNAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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IT'S NOT THE COUGH
THAT CARRIES YOU OFF.
IT'S THE COFFIN
THEY CARRY YOU OFF IN.

Submitter comment: HEARD AND SAID WHEN YOUNG, 1915-1920.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): DEATH ; HUMOR TANGLETALK PUN ; IAMBIC-DACTYLIC, FEMININE RHYME, WORD PLAY, REPETITION ; OBSERVATION, TONGUETWISTER ; QUATRAIN SURPRISE ENDING CONTRAST ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

JEREMIAH, PUFF THE FIRE,
PUFF, PUFF, PUFF.
FIRST, HE BLOWS IT GENTLY,
AND THEN HE BLOWS IT ROUGH.
JEREMIAH, PUFF THE FIRE.
PUFF, PUFF, PUFF.

Submitter comment: NO INFORMATION AS TO WHEN THIS WAS USUALLY RECITED.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): INCLUSION, SEXTET, CONTRAST ; INDIRECTION, CHARM, ADVICE ; METER: ROCHEE RHYME: ABCBAB ; ONOMATOPOEIA, REPETITION, REFRAIN ALLITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 11-06-1970

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FRIENDS

TRUE FRIENDS ARE LIKE DIAMONDS,
PRECIOUS, BUT RARE.
FALSE FRIENDS ARE LIKE AUTUMN LEAVES,
FOUND EVERYWHERE.

Submitter comment: FOLLOWING IS FROM INFORMANT'T JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOK,
1929 - 1933.

Data entry tech comment: ADDED TITLE TO VERSE

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Friendship

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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BELIEF--DAILY LIFE

IF THE SUNSET IS CLEAR ON FRIDAY NIGHT, THERE WILL BE A STORM
BEFORE SUNDAY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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IF AN OLD PERSON, WHO HAS DIED, LOOKS YOUNG IN THE
CASKET, THEN A YOUNG PERSON WILL DIE NEXT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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IF YOU LAUGH VERY HARD ON FRIDAY, YOU WILL CRY
BEFORE MONDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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SING IN THE MORNING,
CRY BEFORE NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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IF YOU SING BEFORE BREAKFAST, YOU'LL CRY BEFORE SUPPER!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00001960S EARLY

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IF YOU LAUGH BEFORE BREAKFAST, YOU WILL CRY BEFORE
SUPPER.

Where learned: GRANDPARENTS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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(KIND AND UNKIND STORY) ST. PETER STORY

ONCE UPON A TIME IN A SMALL TOWN IN SICILY, THERE LIVED A MEAN
STEPMOTHER WITH TWO DAUGHTERS, ONE OF WHOM WAS HER NATURAL DAUGHTER
AND THE OTHER WAS HER STEPDAUGHTER. HOWEVER, HER STEPDAUGHTER, BEING
THE PRETTIER OF THE TWO GIRLS, WAS ALWAYS IN THE KITCHEN SCRUBBING
THE POTS AND PANS AND DOING ALL THE DIRTY WORK THAT HAD TO BE DONE,
WHILE THE NATURAL DAUGHTER WAS JUST LAYING AROUND DOING NOTHING AND
GETTING SELFISH AND MORE SELF-CENTERED EVERY DAY. WELL, THIS
STEPMOTHER MADE THE BREAD FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE TOWN AND DELIVERY WAS
MADE DAILY BY HER TWO DAUGHTERS. ONE DAY AS THE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER
WAS WALKING DOWN THE ROAD, SHE MET AN OLD, BEARDED MAN SITTING ALONG
THE ROADSIDE. HE ASKED HER FOR A SMALL PIECE OF BREAD BECAUSE HE HAD
NOT EATEN FOR TWO DAYS. THE YOUNG GIRL TOOK PITY ON HIM AND GAVE HIM
THE WHOLE LOAF OF BREAD. HE THANKED HER AND TOLD HER IF SHE HEARD THE
ROOSTER CROW ONCE ON THE WAY HOME, SHE WAS NOT TO TURN AROUND. BUT,
IF THE ROOSTER CROWED TWICE, SHE WAS TO TURN AROUND QUICKLY. BEING AN
OBEDIENT GIRL, WHEN THE ROOSTER CROWED ONCE SHE KEPT RIGHT ON
WALKING, BUT WHEN SHE HEARD HIM CROW TWICE, SHE QUICKLY TURNED
AROUND AND AS SHE DID SO, A DIAMOND APPEARED IN THE MIDDLE OF HER
FOREHEAD MAKING HER MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN EVER. UPON RETURNING HOME
AND EXPLAINING WHAT HAPPENED TO HER STEPMOTHER, THE NATURAL DAUGHTER
WANTED TO GO THE SAME ROAD HER SISTER FOLLOWED THE DAY BEFORE.
HOWEVER, BEING SELFISH AND MEAN, WHEN THE POOR OLD MAN APPROACHED HER
AND ASKED FOR A MORSEL OF BREAD, SHE SPAT UPON HIM AND TRIED TO RUN
AWAY. THEREFORE, ANGERED BY HER ACTIONS, HE TOLD HER TO TURN AROUND
IF SHE HEARD THE ROOSTER CROW ONCE, AND TO WALK STRAIGHT AHEAD IF SHE
HEARD HIM CROW TWICE. UPON DOING THIS, AS SHE TURNED AROUND WHEN THE
ROOSTER CROWED ONCE, A BIG HORN GREW IN THE MIDDLE OF HER FOREHEAD,
MAKING HER UGLIER THAN SHE WAS BEFORE.

Submitter comment: FROM ITALY IN THE EARLY 1900'S
THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS TO SHARE WITH OTHERS AND HAVE PITY ON
THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN YOU, FOR THE LITTLE OLD MAN WAS REALLY ST.
PETER IN DISGUISE, SAID MY GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ITALY

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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I LIKE COFFEE

I LIKE COFFEE, I LIKE TEA/ I
LIKE JUDY TO JUMP WITH ME/ I HATE COFFEE, I HATE TEA/ I HATE JILL TO
JUMP WITH ME/
A RHYME RECITED WHILE JUMPING ROPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

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

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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PROVERB

NEVER LAUGH ON FRIDAY; YOU'LL CRY ON SATURDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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NEW YEAR'S BELIEF

IT IS CONSIDERED GOOD LUCK TO ACCIDENTLY BREAK A GOBLET ON NEW
YEAR'S EVE, BUT CONVERSELY BAD LUCK TO DO SO ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Submitter comment:

Informant says this has been observed for generations in her family, though she does not give much credence to it today.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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IF A PERSON DREAMS ABOUT A WEDDING, IT MEANS THAT THERE WILL BE A
DEATH OF SOMEONE CLOSE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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" I ALWAYS BURN MY OLD PALMS IN MY FIREPLACE AS WHEN I WAS SMALL"

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT BELIEVED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS CUSTOM WAS REVERENCE
FOR SACRED OR BLESSED OBJECTS, BUT THE INFORMANT WAS NOT SURE OF THE
REASON FOR USING THE FIREPLACE.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F633 F633.11

Date learned: 11-05-1972

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LAUGH BEFORE BREAKFAST AND YOU WILL CRY BEFORE SUPPER

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS HER MOTHER TELLING HER THIS IN DETROIT DURING THE
EARLY 1930S

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; INEVITABILITY OF CHANGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 09-19-1972

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PROVERB

YOUR FRIEND LOOKS AT YOUR FACE.
YOUR ENEMY LOOKS AT YOUR FEET.

Submitter comment: (HE IS YOUR ENEMY BECAUSE HE IS LOOKING AT THE DIRTIEST PART
OF YOUR LIFE.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ALLITERATION PARALLELISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1972

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