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Custom

Chimney Sweep:

In Belgium, or Europe for that matter, each house usually had two or more chimneys. Since they needed cleaning periodically, chimney sweeps were common. Some of these were employed by the cities for the purpose. But, in each case, it was good practice to give the sweeper a good tip, for if you didn't he would play tricks on you. For instance, he might come back to clean your chimney at a future date, but not tell you. Then you would be unprepared and the soot would come into the house because you didn't close the soot door in time.

Submitter comment:

Recorded on Tape

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [M848] crossed out and replaced with F534

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): BUSINESS ; Chimney Sweep ; CUSTOM ; Gratuity ; OCCUPATIONS: CHIMNEY SWEEPING ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; TIPPING ; WORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

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Custom: Animal

Hunter's and Woodsman's Belief:

Although there is an open season on them all year a Good Sportsmen or Hunter will never shoot a porcupine. This is because if a person was ever lost in the woods without any food or a gun a porcupine can be easily killed with a stick or a club and the meat is very nutritious.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P752] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Club ; FOOD ; Gun ; Hunt ; LOST ; Porcupine ; Survival ; Woods

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Play on Words

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

There was a man who was bothered by the idea of how porcupines have sex. He even went so far as to ask a zoologist. He was told "Carefully, very carefully."

Submitter comment:

He had heard it from a friend.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Where learned: D' ; Anna, Ben

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; Porcupine ; PUN ; SEX ; Zoologist

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Filter - Mature Content

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Proverb

There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Cup ; Lip ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; SLIP ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

There's many a slip between the cup and the lip.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Cup ; DRINKING ; Lip ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; SLIP ; TRUTH ; VERSE

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

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Proverb

There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Cup ; DRINKING ; Lip ; Maxim ; Mouth ; PROVERB ; SLIP ; TRUTH ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Many a slip, twixt the cup and the lip.

Submitter comment:

This proverb means that anything can happen from the time you start something until you finish it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Cup ; DRINKING ; Lip ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; SLIP ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

Take a tip - dodge cupid's dart.

Don't let a soldier get your heart.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; Aphorism ; AUTOGRAPH ; Cupid ; Dart ; HEART ; LOVE ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Soldier ; VERSE

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

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Wedding Custom

It is a custom for the bride and groom to entwine arms and share a cup of wine at the wedding reception.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Arm ; Arms ; Bride ; CEREMONY ; Cup ; CUSTOM ; DRINK ; Entwine ; GLASS ; Groom ; Reception ; WEDDING ; Wine

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Language: Rhyme

Hickup Hickup go away
Come again another day
Hickup Hickup when I bake
I'll bake you a CAKE

Submitter comment:

Pastime.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Children sing this when they get the hiccups. Verse?

Original BN [C500, C730] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Bake ; Cake ; CHILDREN ; GAME ; HICCUP ; Hickup ; Language ; Nursery ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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IF YOU PUT BOTH HANDS ON HEAD AND THINK OF YOUR BOYFRIEND/
GIRLFRIEND AND HE/SHE TRULY LOVES YOU, BY THEY TIME YOU
COUNT TO TEN YOU WILL BE RID OF YOUR HICCUPS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): CURE ; HICCUPS ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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