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LEARNING TO COUNT

"FIVE SHINEY PENNIES SINGLE AND BRIGHT, BUY AS MUCH AS ONE NICKEL
MIGHT."

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS RHYME IN KINDERGARTEN. IT TEACHES YOU TO COUNT.

James Callow Keyword(s): CORNS ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.531

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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PROVERB

DON'T GET BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CORNERED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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THE EVIL EYE

TWO SIGNS WHICH SHOULD BE WORN TOGETHER ON A CHAIN ARE A HAND WITH
THE INDEX AND LITTLE FINGERS EXTENDED AND AN ITALIAN HORN. THEY
ARE WORN TO WARD OFF THE EVIL EYE. THE SYMBOL OF THE HAND IS ALSO
DONE WHEN YOU WANT TO WISH PEOPLE THE EVIL EYE.

Submitter comment: THE ITALIAN HORN HAS IN RECENT YEARS BECOME A FAD AND IS WORN BY
MANY PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): GESTURE SYMBOL ; MANU CORNUTA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sign Color
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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ON HOLY SATURDAY FOOD IS BROUGHT TO BE BLESSED AT THE CHURCHES
IN GERMANY. THE FARMERS HAVE A CUSTOM OF USING SOME OF THE BLESSED
PALM WHICH THEY GOT FROM THE CHURCH ON PALM SUNDAY ( , ) ALONG WITH
SOME SHELLS OF THE BLESSED EGGS FROM THE BLESSING OF THE FOOD, AND
PLACE IT IN THE FOUR CORNERS OF THEIR CROP FIELDS AND PRAY THE ROSARY
AND SPRINKLE HOLY WATER AS THEY PRAY FOR A GOOD CROP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METONYMY: FOUR CORNERS ; SWIECZONKA ; WATER

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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CUSTOM

ON THE MONDAY AFTER EASTER THE FARMERS BLESSED THE FOUR CORNERS
OF THEIR LAND WITH HOLY WATER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TAYLOR

Keyword(s): SYMBOL: FOUR CORNERS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

HE WHO FEARS NOTHING STILL FEARS PEOPLE LAUGHING AT HIM.

Where learned: WESTERN RUSSIA

Keyword(s): DERISION SCORN, SATIRE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- V233

Date learned: 00001898 - 1905

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Etymology

Origin of name:

Cornersville, TN gets its name from the fact that it is located in the corner of four counties.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Cornersville, Counties ; ETYMOLOGY ; Language ; NAME ; Origin ; REGIONAL ; Tennessee ; WORD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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IF YOU PLACE A SNAIL IN MEAL, IT WILL WRITE YOUR LOVER'S NAME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CORNMEAL?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 07-08-1970

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DON'T WEAN AN ANIMAL UNLESS SIGNS ARE IN THE THIGH OR LOWER.
IF THE SIGN IS ABOVE THIGH, THE ANIMAL WILL CRY ALL THE TIME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): SAGITTARIUS AQUARIUS CAPRICORN ; ZODIAC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: 09-23-1973

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FORMULA SPEECH

ABOUT TWO IN A HILL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATES THAT WHEN PLANTING CORN, ONE PLACES THREE GRAINS IN
A "HILL", IN HOPES THAT AT LEAST ONE WILL GROW. SO WHEN A FARMER IS
ASKED HOW HE IS, HE ANSWERS "ABOUT TWO IN A HILL", INFERRING
THAT HE IS PRETTY GOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CORN ; FARMER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-24-1971

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Proverb

From small acorns spring great oaks.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Acorn ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; Oak ; Offspring ; PROVERB ; Seed ; Tree ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Large oaks from little acorns grow.

Submitter comment:

Informant heard this from his grandmother

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Acorn ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; INFLUENCE ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; Oak ; PROVERB ; Tree ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

I'm yours till hotdogs have pups and corn have ears.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; CORN ; Dogs ; EARS ; Hot Dogs ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Puppies ; Pups ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

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

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Autograph Verse

Album rhyme:

Standing on the street corner

My frock above my knees

I'm a full born American

And I'll do as I please

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; AUTOGRAPH ; Corner ; DRESS ; Frock ; gender ; Knees ; Liberation ; NATIONALITY ; poem ; Propriety ; RHYME ; Signature ; STREET ; VERSE ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700 .881

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Custom; Agriculture

Plant corn by the dark of the moon

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; CORN ; Crop ; CUSTOM ; FARMING ; HARVEST ; Lore ; MOON ; PLANT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time F574.82.242.5

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Food: Recipe

Cracklin-Bread:

Take hog skins and render in a hot oven. Pour off the grease. Put through a grinder and season cornbread with it. Bake in hot oven.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bake ; BREAD ; COOK ; Cornbread ; Cracklin ; Fat ; FOOD ; Grease ; Hog ; Pig ; RECIPE ; SKIN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal

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Custom; Agriculture

Letter dated 1852 relates the events of a negro corn-shucking. Slaves invite their friends from neighboring plantations and they make a party out of shucking a tremendous amount of corn.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Journal of American Folklore ; A Negros Corn Shucking

Keyword(s): CORN ; CUSTOM ; Gathering ; HARVEST ; NEGRO ; PARTY ; Plantation ; Shuck ; Slavery ; Slaves ; South

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

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Christmas Custom

Stringing popcorn and cranberries for Christmas tree ornaments.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: MAINE ; Houlton

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; Cranberries ; CUSTOM ; Decoration ; Popcorn

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom

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STOP NOSEBLEED BY WEARING A RED STRING AROUND THE
LITTLE FINGER OR A NECKLACE OF RED CORN KERNELS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CORN ; Nosebleed ; REMEDY ; String

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-13-1973

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WHEN YOUR CORNS HURT, BAD WEATHER IS COMING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CORNS ; Hurt ; PAIN ; PREDICTION ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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