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IF YOU LAY DOWN WITH DOGS YOU'LL GET UP WITH FLEAS.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; COMPANY ASSOCIATIONS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-18-1972

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DRINKS

WHEN COMPANY IS EXPECTED, IT IS PROPER TO PLAN FOR ENOUGH
LIQUOR FOR THREE DRINKS A PIECE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPANY THREE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-16-1968

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IF YOU LIE DOWN WITH DOGS, YOU GET FLEAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): ANIMALS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRIENDS ASSOCIATES BAD COMPANY ; INSECTS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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POLISH JOKE

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WHO DISCOVERED POLAND? THE ROTO ROOTER MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): ROTO ROOTER IS A SEWER CLEANING COMPANY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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DOWN, DOWN, BABY DON'T SHAKE THE ROLLER COASTER
SWEET, SWEET, BABY I'LL NEVER LET YOU GO
CAUGHT YOU WITH YOUR BOYFRIEND NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY
DIDN'T DO THE DISHES LAZY, LAZY
JUMPED OUT THE WINDOW CRAZY, CRAZY
SHIMMY SHIMMY COCOA PUFFS
SHIMMY SHIMMY RYE
SHIMMY SHIMMY POW

Submitter comment: HAND WAVE FOR ROLLER COASTER; CROSS ARMS FOR BABY; SHAME WITH TWO
FINGERS RUBBING; RUB HANDS TOGETHER FOR DISHES; ACT LIKE SLEEPING
FOR LAZY; ARCH WITH HAND FOR JUMPED OUT THE WINDOW; POW IS THE FIST

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): GESTURES ACCOMPANY SONG

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

Date learned: 00-00-1977 ; 11-00-1987

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IF YOU DROP A FORK, A LADY WILL COME.
IF YOU DROP A KNIFE, A MAN WILL COME.
IF YOU DROP A SPOON, A CHILD WILL COME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPANY VISITING

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

Date learned: 02-14-1967

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Superstition

Superstition:

If you come in one door and immediately go out another you'll have company.

Submitter comment:

Sylvia learned this from her sister who in turn learned it at the nurses' lounge at Beaumont Hospital, Detroit.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P860] crossed out/replaced with current classifications

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Company ; CUSTOM ; Entrance ; Exit ; OMEN ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Observation

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Proverb

Tell me with whom you walk and I'll tell you who you are.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CHARACTER ; Company ; FRIENDS ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Walk

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERB

IF YOU SLEEP WITH DOGS--YOU GET UP WITH FLEAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated / 02-24-2011 / TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Association ; Company ; DOG ; Fleas ; FRIENDS ; Lay ; Lie ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Society ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Birds of a feather, flock together.

Submitter comment:

From my mother.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRDS ; Company ; Feather ; FRIENDSHIP ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Similar ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRDS ; Company ; FRIENDS ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

On the third day the fish begins to stink.

Submitter comment:

For those houseguests who don't know when to leave.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B660] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Company ; FISH ; Houseguest ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Stink ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

If you lay down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.

Submitter comment:

The informant warns many female teens to be careful about freely engaging in sex because they may wind up "caught" (pregnant). She says this all the time.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Company ; Dogs ; Fleas ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Relationships ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, SOMEONE'S COMING WITH A HOLE IN
THEIR BRITCHES.

Submitter comment:

BRITCHES=PANTS

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): BRITCHES ; Company ; Hole ; HOSPITALITY ; ITCH ; NOSE ; OMEN

Subject headings: Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF YOU DROP THE DISHRAG, YOU CAN EXPECT COMPANY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Company ; Dishrag ; Drop ; OMEN ; SIGN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF YOU'RE NOSE ITCHES, SOMEONE'S COMING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Company ; ITCH ; NOSE ; OMEN ; SIGN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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LEANNESS: CURE FOR OBESITY:
OBESITY IS CAUSED GENERALLY BY LACK OF POWER IN THE
DIGESTIVE ORGANS TO DIGEST AND ASSIMILATE THE FAT
PRODUCING ELEMENTS OF FOOD. FIRST, RESTORE DIGESTION,
TAKE PLENTY OF SLEEP, DRINK ALL THE WATER THE STOMACH
WILL BEAR IN THE MORNING ON RISING, TAKE MODERATE
EXERCISE IN THE OPEN AIR, EAT OATMEAL, CRACKED WHEAT,
GRAHAM MUSH, BAKEAD SWEET APPLES, ROASTED AND BROILED
BEEF, CULTIVATE JOLLY PEOPLE AND BATHE DAILY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Apples ; Beef ; Company ; DIET ; EXERCISE ; FOOD ; Grain ; Jolly ; Lean ; Leanness ; Obesity ; OVERWEIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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IF YOU DROP A KNIFE A MAN WIL COME TO VISIT.
IF YOU DROP A SPOON, A WOMAN WILL COME TO VISIT.
IF YOU DROP A FORK, A CHILD WILL COME TO VISIT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CHILD ; Company ; Fork ; KNIFE ; Man ; Signs ; Silverware ; Spoon ; SUPERSTITION ; Visit ; Woman

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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HOUSE BELIEF

IF A GUEST COMES INTO THE HOUSE BY THE FRONT DOOR
THEY SHOULD LEAVE THE SAME WAY, OTHERWISE, YOU WILL SOON HAVE MORE
COMPANY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Company ; Entrance ; Exit ; Guests ; HOSPITALITY ; SUPERSTITION ; VISITORS

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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BELIEF

ALWAYS GO OUT THE DOOR YOU CAME IN, OR YOU WILL BRING MORE COMPANY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Company ; Entrance ; Exit ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-28-1970

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