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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

AFTER THE FEAST OF ST. MATTHEW YOU NEED AN OVERCOAT FOR A FRIEND.
NA SWIENTEGO MACIEJA TRZEBA KORZUCZKA DOBRODRZIEJA. (POLISH)

Data entry tech comment: FOR A FRIEND EQUALS AS A FRIEND.
TRANSLATION BY MRS. K.J. UNIECHOWSKI

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): COLD WEATHER ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 21
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-00-1965

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Superstition

My grandmother has a mark, which she calls a "fire mark" on her upper arm. It is oddly similar ro a birthmark, bu this is the story of its origin according to my grandmother:

When her mother was pregnant with her, there was a fire in the Russion town where they lived. Her mother went out to look at it, and the night was quite cold. She grasped her upper arm because of this cold, and so my grandmother was born with a mark in the same place her mother had held her arm.

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Motifs added by TRD

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Reference

Original BN [P840] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): BABY ; BIRTH ; Birthmark ; Cold ; CURSE ; FEAR ; FIRE ; jinx ; Offspring ; Russia ; Scare ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): Reference

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

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Proverb

...as slow as molasses in January.

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James Callow comment:

Dup of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): Cold ; January ; Molasses ; Month ; SIMILE ; Slow ; SPEED ; TIME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Retort

That'll be a cold day in hell.

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James Callow comment:

The word retort is circled, and the question [To What?] is written next to it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cold ; COMEBACK ; HELL ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; TEMPERATURE ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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DRINKING A LARGE AMOUNT OF COLD WATER IMMEDIATELY AFTER
DELIVERY WILL MAKE A WOMAN'S STOMACH LARGE.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI ; Deovelente Road

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Child Birth ; Cold ; Consume ; Delivery ; DRINK ; Labor ; PREGNANCY ; SIZE ; STOMACH ; TEMPERATURE ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight Liquid
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-21-1973

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CURE FOR CHEST COLD:
WARM SKUNK OIL RUBBED ON CHEST

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Cold ; CURE ; Oil ; REMEDY ; SKUNK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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CURE FOR CHEST COLD OR SORE THROAT:
EAT MELTED LARD AND SUGAR.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Cold ; CURE ; Lard ; MEDICAL ; REMEDY ; Sore Throat ; Sugar

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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COLD CURE: FLAX SEED LEMONADE REMEDY
TO A LARGE TABLESPOON OF FLAX SEED, ALLOW A TUMBLER
AND A HALF OF COLD WATER. BOIL THEM TOGETHER 'TILL
THE LIQUID BECOMES VERY STICKY, THEN STRAIN IT HOT
OVER A QUARTER OF A POUND OF PULVERIZED SUGAR AND
AN OUNCE OF PULVERIZED GUM ARABIC. STIR 'TILL QUITE
DISSOLVED AND SQUEEZE INTO IT THE JUICE OF A LEMON.
THIS MIXTURE HAS FREQUENTLY BEEN FOUND AN EFFICACIOUS
REMEDY FOR A COLD TAKING A WINE GLASS AS OFTEN AS THE
COUGH IS TROUBLESOME.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Cold ; COUGH ; CURE ; DRINK ; FLAX ; Flax Seed ; Lemonade ; RECIPE ; REMEDY ; TEA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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COLD CURE:
A DRINK OF HOT STRONG LEMONADE BEFORE GOING TO BED.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Cold ; CURE ; Hot ; Ingest ; Lemonade ; REMEDY ; Strong

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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YOU CAN TELL IF SOMEONE IS FIBBING BY FEELING HIS NOSE;
IF IT IS COLD, HE IS LYING.

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Cold ; LYING ; NOSE ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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Rain-Prose

If the rain drops hang from the tree limbs - cold weather is coming.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Cold ; Narrative ; PREDICTION ; Prose ; Rain ; Tree ; WEATHER ; WINTER

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

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SPIRITUAL BELIEF

THE PRESENCE OF A GHOST IN A ROOM IS INDICATED BY A CHANGE IN
ROOM TEMPERATURE USUALLY COLDER.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Cold ; Colder ; GHOST ; Haunt ; SIGN ; SPIRIT ; TEMPERATURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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BELIEF

YOU PUT NAIL POLISH IN THE ICE BOX. IT KEEPS THE POLISH FROM
GETTING THICK.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): BEAUTY ; BELIEF ; Cold ; CUSTOM ; Makeup ; Nail ; POLISH ; TRICK

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; FUNCTION ; Positive

Subject headings: Custom

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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WHITE RACE BELIEF

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GWENS 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.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Black ; BLOOD ; CLOTHING ; Cold ; NEGRO ; RACISM ; TEMPERATURE ; Warm ; WEATHER ; White ; WINTER

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; COLOR

Subject headings: 53O

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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Long Johns (long underwear)

Long underwear is worn the winter months under your clothes
to protect you from the cold.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; Cold ; Fashion ; Layers ; Warmth ; WINTER

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

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