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A GOWN WITH A PARIS LABEL,
IS A THING TO SHOUT ABOUT,
IN FACT, IF I WERE ABLE,
I'D WEAR IT INSIDE OUT.

Submitter comment: JEFF HEARD THIS FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): CLOTHES FASHION ; HUMOR OVERSTATEMENT OBSERVATION WISH ; IAMBIC METER ; RHYME: FEMININE, IMPERFECT, ABAB ; SURPRISE ENDING QUATRAIN CONTRADICTION

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

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CHILDREN'S CHANT

POLICEMAN, POLICEMAN, DO YOUR DUTY,
HERE COMES (GIRL'S NAME) THE AMERICAN BEAUTY.
SHE CAN DO THE RHUMBA,
SHE CAN DO THE SPLITS,
SHE CAN WEAR DRESSES,
ABOVE HER HIPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

Keyword(s): FASHION--DRESS LENGTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
DRAMA -- Secular

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Wearing used clothes from a thrift shop may bring you either
good luck or bad luck, depending on how the original owners
conducted themselves when wearing those clothes.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): Articles, Fashion

James Callow Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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OL FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER

HOW DO YA GET OL' FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER OUTA THE ROOF
OF YER MOUTH?
(ALL THIS IS ASKED IMITATING THE SPEECH OF SOMEONE WHO DOES
HAVE A MOUTHFUL OF PEANUT BUTTER).
WELL, YA KIN BLOW IT OUT. (NARRATOR BLOWS). NOPE, WELL
YA KIN SHAKE IT OUT. (NARRATOR SHAKES HIS HEAD). NOPE,
WELL YA KIN SCRAPE IT OUT WITH YER FINGER. YUP. NOW,
HOW DO YA GET OL' FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER OFF YER FINGER?
WELL, YA KIN BLOW IT OFF. (BLOWS AGAIN). NOPE, YA
MIGHT BE ABLE TA SHAKE IT OFF. (SHAKES HIS FINGER).
OR YA MIGHT BE ABLE TA LICK IT OFF. . . . NOW HOW DO YA
GET OL' FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER OUTA THE ROOF OF YER
MOUTH? WELL. . . .
AND THE TALE STARTS ALL OVER AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): OLD FASHIONED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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OL FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER

HOW DO YA GET OL' FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER OUTA THE ROOF
OF YER MOUTH?
(ALL THIS IS ASKED IMITATING THE SPEECH OF SOMEONE WHO DOES
HAVE A MOUTHFUL OF PEANUT BUTTER).
WELL, YA KIN BLOW IT OUT. (NARRATOR BLOWS). NOPE, WELL
YA KIN SHAKE IT OUT. (NARRATOR SHAKES HIS HEAD). NOPE,
WELL YA KIN SCRAPE IT OUT WITH YER FINGER. YUP. NOW,
HOW DO YA GET OL' FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER OFF YER FINGER?
WELL, YA KIN BLOW IT OFF. (BLOWS AGAIN). NOPE, YA
MIGHT BE ABLE TA SHAKE IT OFF. (SHAKES HIS FINGER).
OR YA MIGHT BE ABLE TA LICK IT OFF. . . . NOW HOW DO YA
GET OL' FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER OUTA THE ROOF OF YER
MOUTH? WELL. . . .
AND THE TALE STARTS ALL OVER AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): OLD FASHIONED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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Ethnic: Ukraine

Ukrainian Wedding:

Toward the start of the wedding recpetion the mother of the bride removes the veil from the bride and places on her head a "wife's hat."

Today, the "wife's hat" is an ordinary woman's hat but formerly it was supposed to be a hat similar to the hat worn by frontier women. The hat is very plain and relatively ugly when compared to a veil. It is supposed to signify the hard work the wife must go through to satisfy her husband.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; Fashion ; Hat ; HUSBAND ; MARRIAGE ; WEDDING ; Wife

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Custom

Wedding Custom:

Before the bride leaves the reception the band plays a slow song and the bride removes her veil and places it on the head of her maid-of-honor.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Bride ; CUSTOM ; Fashion ; Maid-of-Honor ; MARRIAGE ; MUSIC ; Reception ; Veil ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Custom

Wedding Custom:

Before the bride leaves the reception the band plays a slow song and the bride removes her veil and places it on the head of her maid-of-honor.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Bride ; CUSTOM ; Fashion ; Maid-of-Honor ; MARRIAGE ; MUSIC ; Reception ; Veil ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Ethnic: Russian

Wedding Custom:

When the bride is preparing for her wedding (getting dressed and ready to leave for church) a violin player and an accordian player play a special tune.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Written on bottom left of the card: [ Ethnic? Russian Orthodox, says collector.]

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Accordion ; Bride ; CUSTOM ; DRESS ; Fashion ; MARRIAGE ; MUSIC ; violin ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Ethnic:Polish Superstition

Curing a Spell:

To cure a spell, especially the evil eye, cast on a small child, you remove all the clothes, and dress the baby again with all the clothes inside out. This is a Polish belief.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CLOTHING ; CURE ; CURSE ; ETHNIC ; EVIL EYE ; Fashion ; MAGIC ; POLAND ; POLISH ; REMEDY ; Removal

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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Play on Words

Women's Clothes:

It's come to the point where you can't judge a girl by her clothes...There isn't enough evidence.

Submitter comment:

I heard this at Awrey Bakery, where I worked last summer.

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.

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; Judge ; PUN ; Woman

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B300

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Play on Words

The reason the modern girl's bathing suit is real cool is that most of it is real gone.

Submitter comment:

Heard it at Awrey's Bakery where I worked last summer.

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.

Keyword(s): Bathing Suit ; Bikini ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; MODERN ; PUN ; Woman

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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Play on Words

Women's Clothing:

Nothing can replace today's women's bathing suit; in fact, it already has.

Submitter comment:

Heard this at Awrey's Bakery where I worked last summer.

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.

Keyword(s): Bathing Suit ; Bikini ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; PUN ; WOMEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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Proverb

You can dress a person up, but you can't take him out.

Submitter comment:

Used by informant's girlfriend at senior prom when informant started throwing chunks of fruit salad into the air and catching them in his mouth.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CHARACTER ; Class ; DRESS ; Fashion ; Maxim ; Presentation ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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COURTSHIP BELIEF

IF YOUR SLIP IS HANGING, IT MEANS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BOYFRIEND.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT DIDN'T REMEMBER SOURCE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Boyfriend ; COURTSHIP ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; Mate ; SIGN ; Single ; SLIP ; SYMBOL ; Woman

Subject headings: Custom
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 06-29-1964

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Long Johns (long underwear)

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

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

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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BELIEF

THERE ARE CUFFS ON PANTS BECAUSE ENGLISH GENTLEMAN FARMERS USED
TO ROLL UP THEIR TROUSERS WHEN THEY WENT TO WORK IN THE FIELDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cuffed ; English ; Farmers ; Fashion ; Functions ; Menswear ; Origin ; Pants

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-05-1968

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BUTTONING CLOTHING (COLLECTOR,S TITLE)

CLOTHING BUTTONED THE WRONG WAY SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED, BECAUSE YOUR
LUCK WILL ALSO CHANGE.

Submitter comment:

TOLD TO ME AT HOME

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Button ; CLOTHES ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; LUCK ; Mismatched ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P833 P833.22

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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DON'T THROW A HAT ON THE BED, BECAUSE IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment:

TOLD BY FATHER

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO LEAVE A HAT LAYING ON A BED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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