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Proverb

An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. replaced with current classification.

The word [worth] is written in between is  and a , with a question mark next to it.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Ail ; CURE ; Ill ; MEDICINE ; PREVENTION ; Remedies ; REMEDY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

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James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK ;

Keyword(s): Ail ; CURE ; Ill ; MEDICINE ; PREVENTION ; Remedies ; REMEDY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Submitter comment:

Proverb remembered by the informant - real source unknown

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James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): Ail ; CURE ; Ill ; MEDICINE ; PREVENTION ; Remedies ; REMEDY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Toast

May you live till you die.

Submitter comment:

Heard it from a Polish disk jockey who was from Chicago.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH ; Die ; DRINKING ; ETHNIC ; Live ; POLISH ; Social ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

In the Marines, when you are asked your weight, you say:

"I'm (insert weight) pounds of hell, death and destruction."

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James Callow comment:

The original Title [Expression of Fixed Form] has been crossed out. Replaced with Retort.

Original BN [P640] has been crosssed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; Fighter ; INSULT ; Marines ; MILITARY ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Soldier ; WEIGHT ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverbial Comparison

Only the good die young.

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James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AGE ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Bad ; BEHAVIOR ; DEATH ; Die ; Good ; Maxim ; Old ; PROVERB ; Young

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or die.

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Keyword(s): ACTION ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DEATH ; Die ; Do ; Maxim ; Motto ; PROVERB ; Reason ; Thought ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

Take a tip - dodge cupid's dart.

Don't let a soldier get your heart.

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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

Before the bride and groom leave for their honeymoon the bride throws her bridal bouquet over her shoulder or with her eyes closed to all single females present. The girl who catches the bouquet will be the next person to marry.

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Keyword(s): Bouquet ; CEREMONY ; CUSTOM ; Females ; FLOWERS ; Ladies ; MARRIAGE ; Single ; WEDDING ; WOMEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Method of Cleaning Silverware

Clean aluminum pan. Dissolve in it:

1 teaspoon baking sode

1 teaspoon table salt

Immerse silverware until tarnish is removed. Then rinse in clean, warm water and rub dry with clean soft cloth.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Baking Soda ; Cleaning ; Domestic ; Household ; Ingredients ; METAL ; RECIPE ; Salt ; Silver ; Silverware ; Table Salt

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

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Music

The article studies three historical traditions of the banjo, the folk, minstrel popular, and classical.

Traditions of the banjo are characterized by:

a) The ways in which knowledge of the banjo was transmitted.

b) Closeness of the performer or craftsman to his audience or clientele

c) Self-perceived relation between the craftsman or musician to other crafstmen or musicians.

Exact origins of banjo unknown. Possible from West Africa with slaves.

Earliest banjo was made from a gourd.

Frets introduced in the 1860's and 70's

Peak of development (quality) in 1920's

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Where learned: ; The Physical Development of the Banjo ; New York Folklore Quarterly

Keyword(s): Audience ; Banjo ; Classical ; Craftsman ; Folk ; Fret ; GOURD ; HISTORY ; Instrument ; Minstrel ; MUSIC ; Origin ; Performer ; Slaves

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument

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GETTING WET IN THE RAIN BEFORE THE BABY IS TWO MONTHS OLD
WILL KILL THE NEW MOTHER.

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Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; DEATH ; Die ; infant ; Kill ; MOTHER ; MOTHERHOOD ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Rain ; Wet

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-21-1973

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SHOULD A PREGNANT OR A NEW MOTHER EAT MUSTARD GREENS
BEFORE HER CHILD IS TWO MONTHS OLD SHE WILL DIE.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): AGE ; BABY ; BELIEF ; Consume ; DEATH ; Die ; Eat ; FOOD ; Greens ; infant ; Kill ; Mom ; Mom ; MONTHS ; MOTHER ; Mustard ; Mustard Greens ; PREGNANCY ; Two

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 06-10-1973

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IF A WOMAN EATS CATFISH BEFORE HER BABY IS TWO MONTHS
OLD SHE WILL DIE.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): AGE ; BABY ; BELIEF ; Catfish ; Consume ; DEATH ; Die ; Eat ; FISH ; FOOD ; infant ; Kill ; Mom ; MONTHS ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY ; Two

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-15-1973

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IF A NEW MOTHER EATS FISH BEFORE THE BABY IS AT LEAST
THREE MONTHS OLD SHE WILL DIE.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI ; Deovelente Road

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Consume ; DEATH ; Die ; Eat ; FISH ; FOOD ; infant ; Kill ; Mom ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN PICKS FRUIT FROM A TREE, THE TREE
WILL WITHER.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI ; Deovelente Road

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Die ; FOOD ; FRUIT ; HARVEST ; Kill ; Pick ; PREGNANCY ; Tree ; Wither

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-21-1973

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IF THE CORD IS CUT CLOSER THAN THREE INCHES TO THE NAVEL,
THE BABY WILL BLEED TO DEATH.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Bleed ; CHILDBIRTH ; Cut ; DEATH ; Delivery ; Die ; Inches ; infant ; Labor ; Length ; Newborn ; PREGNANCY ; THREE ; UMBILICAL CORD

James Callow Keyword(s): UMBILICAL CORD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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A SNAKE WON'T DIE UNTIL THE SUN GOES DOWN. THEY'LL SQUIRM
AND SQUIRM UNTIL SUN GOES DOWN, THEN THEY DIE.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Die ; Snake ; Sundown ; Tale ; Time of day

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF A STAR FALLS FROM SKY, SOMEONE'S GOING TO DIE.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): DEATH ; Die ; Fall ; Falling Star ; OMEN ; Portent ; Star

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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.

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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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