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TITS

ACCORDING TO INFORMANT WHO IS STUDENT AT UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, A
COLLEGE STUDENT (MALE) WILL REFER TO SOMETHING AS BEING "TITS" WHEN
MEANING GREAT, FANTASTIC, OR WONDERFUL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMALE BREASTS=TITS?

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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Menstruating women were not allowed in the barn in the olden
days because the cows would cease to give milk.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Female Hygiene Myths

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 02-00-1985

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Rape is assault with a friendly weapon.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The original BN [W200] is crossed out. It is not replaced with another BN.

Submission card was located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ANTIFEMINISM ; Distasteful Jokes ; Female ; Harm ; JOKE ; Male ; Misogyny ; POWER ; Rape ; SICK JOKE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
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Ethnic: Ukranian

If an unmarried girl dies, she is buried dressed as a bride, according to Ukranian tradition.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): BURIAL ; Chastity ; DEATH ; ETHNIC ; Female ; Funeral ; Maiden ; UKRAINIAN ; Unmarried ; YOUTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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Proverb

Pennsylvania Dutch Proverb:

Girls with fat cheeks have hearts like flint.

Submitter comment:

Heard in Steelton, PA. about 1920.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Comparison?

Original BN [V200 : 700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cheeks ; DUTCH ; Emotions ; ETHNIC ; Fat ; Female ; FLINT ; Girl ; HEART ; LOVE ; PENNSYLVANIA ; Region

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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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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Custom: Holiday

IN THE CENTER OF THE TOWN, THE UNATTACHED MEN WALKED
AROUND THE PLAZA COUNTER-CLOCKWISE, WHILE THE UNMARRIED
GIRLS WALKED IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. OCCASIONALLY,
THE GIRLS WILL REST ON OVERLOOKING BALCONIES, FROM
WHICH THEY WILL THROW SMALL DARTS TRAILING COLORED
STREAMERS. AFTER THE PARADE, THE MAN IS ENTITLED
TO VISIT ONLY BALCONIES DECORATED IN THE COLORS MATCHING
THE STREAMERS HE HOLDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: Magazine

Keyword(s): Balcony ; COURTSHIP ; Dart ; ETHNIC ; Female ; Flirtation ; Male ; Parade ; Ribbon ; Spain ; Spanish ; Streamer ; Streamers

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

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Belief

RED HEADED WOMEN ARE MORE PASSIONATE AND BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Blonde ; Brunette ; COLOR ; Female ; HAIR ; Red ; Stereotype ; Woman ; WOMEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 02-12-1970

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CUSTOM

ON THE DAY AFTER EASTER, THE FIRST GIRL A BOY SAW, HE WOULD SPRINKLE
HER WITH WATER. HOWEVER BOYS ARE BOYS WHEREVER YOU GO AND THEY
USUALLY USED A WHOLE BUCKET OF WATER ON EVERY GIRL THEY MET. THEIR
GIRL FRIENDS THEY SPRINKLED WITH PERFUME OR COLOGNE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs Added / 02-28-2011 / TRD
Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: TAYLOR ; Michigan Consolidated Gas Company ; informant's home

Keyword(s): Boy ; Cologne ; COURTSHIP ; CUSTOM ; DYNGUS DAY ; Female ; Flirt ; Flirtation ; Girl ; holiday ; Male ; Perfume ; RITUAL ; Scent ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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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.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Language

I have heard North Hall referred to as "Menopause Manor" the reason being that there are quite a few older residents in the dorm.

Submitter comment:

North Hall of Vanderbilt University

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AGE ; Dormitory ; Female ; Language ; Manor ; Menopause ; Nickname ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; University ; Vanderbilt ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary ; WOMEN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

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LEGEND OF A SAINT

WHENEVER A GIRL HAS PROBLEMS TRYING TO FIND YOUNG MEN TO GO
OUT WITH SHE SHOULD REPEAT THE FOLLOWING OCCASIONALLY:
"ST. ANNE, ST. ANNE,
PLEASE SEND ME A MAN."

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Attraction ; DATING ; Female ; Male ; Patron ; PRAYER ; Saint ; Saint Anne

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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A GIRL WHISTLING

GIRLS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO WHISTLE BECUASE IT MAKES THE BLESSED
VIRGIN CRY WHENEVER THEY DO IT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT IS MY MOTHER, AND SHE REMEMBERS THIS FROM HER
CHILDHOOD BECAUSE MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO TELL THIS TO HER DAUGHTERS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Keyword(s): BLESSED VIRGIN ; Female ; Feminine ; Girl ; Ladylike ; Whistle

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: EARLY CHILDHOOD

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WHISTLING

GIRLS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO WHISTLE BECAUSE THE BLESSED MOTHER
WOULD TURN HER HEAD AND CRY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT TOLD BY HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG (1920'S).
SHE PRACTICED THIS
WHEN YOUNG, BUT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THE TRUTH OF IT NOW.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): Blessed Mother ; BLESSED VIRGIN ; Cry ; Female ; Feminine ; Girls ; Holy Mother ; Ladylike ; Whistle

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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GIRL WHISTLING

IN GRANDMOTHER'S TIME THE GIRLS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO WHISTLE. SHE
SAID IT MADE THE BLESSED VIRGIN CRY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): BLESSED VIRGIN ; Cry ; Female ; Feminine ; Girls ; Ladylike ; Whistle ; Whistling

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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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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A COMMON, THOUGH ENTIRELY ORAL, SUPERSTITION IS THE TYPICAL
VANDERBILT COED, OR T.V.C. SHE IS RICH, CONCEITED, AND
ALWAYS DATED UP A WEEK IN ADVANCE. IF NOT DATED UP, SHE
STILL REFUSES ANY OFFER FOR THE WEEKEND MADE AFTER WEDNESDAY
NIGHT, AND ALWAYS REFUSES NON-FRATERNITY MEN. THOUGH THIS
INFORMATION APPEARS IN NO CAMPUS PUBLICATIONS, IT HAS BEEN
PREVALENT FOR YEARS AMONG VANDERBILT MEN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): Co-ed ; DATE ; DATING ; Female ; Fraternity ; Frigid ; Girl ; SEXISM ; Sorority ; Stereotype ; Vanderbilt University

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMALE WOMAN GIRL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A GIRL CLIMBS A FRUIT BEARING TREE, THE TREE WILL NEVER
BEAR FRUITS AGAIN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Keyword(s): Female ; FERTILITY ; FRUIT ; INFERTILITY ; NATURE ; SEXISM ; SUPERSTITION ; Tree

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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