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THE EVIL EYE

TWO SIGNS WHICH SHOULD BE WORN TOGETHER ON A CHAIN ARE A HAND WITH
THE INDEX AND LITTLE FINGERS EXTENDED AND AN ITALIAN HORN. THEY
ARE WORN TO WARD OFF THE EVIL EYE. THE SYMBOL OF THE HAND IS ALSO
DONE WHEN YOU WANT TO WISH PEOPLE THE EVIL EYE.

Submitter comment: THE ITALIAN HORN HAS IN RECENT YEARS BECOME A FAD AND IS WORN BY
MANY PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): GESTURE SYMBOL ; MANU CORNUTA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sign Color
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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LEMME KISS YUH

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMME.
LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YUH!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS IDA.
IDA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?
IDA'NT (DON'T) WANTA!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMME.
LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YUH!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS ASKA.
ASKA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?
ASKA MY MOMMA!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMME.
LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YUH!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS OLLIE.
OLLIE WHAT LITTLE LITTLE GIRL?
OLLIE RIGHT! (PUCKER LIPS AND KISS THE AIR)

Submitter comment:

OBTAINED FROM CAMP STAPLETON ABOUT TWELVE YEARS AGO [1953]. ONE OF THE
COUNSELORS TAUGHT IT TO US AS WE SAT AROUND THE CAMPFIRE
SINGING.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GESTURE ; KNOCK KNOCK JOKE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

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CHILDREN'S SONG

MY FATHER IS A GARBAGE MAN ( HOLD NOSE AND SAY P-U ).
MY MOTHER IS A COOK ( RUB STOMACH AND SAY MMM-M
).
MY SISTER IS A HAIR-CURLER ( MAKE CORKSCREW MOTION ON HEAD AND SAY
WHIRR-WHIRR).
MY BROTHER IS A CROOK %POINT FINGER LIKE A GUN AND SAY BANG-BANG<.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SONG WITH GESTURES

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

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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" DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN ME SCHOOL "

I POINT TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
HEAD ACHER, HEAD ACHER YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINT TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY SWEATS BROWER, YA MAMA DEAR,
SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAY " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY EYE BLINKER, YA MAMA DEAR,
EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINT TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY CHEESE SMELLER, YA MAMA DEAR,
CHEESE SMELLER, EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINT TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY COOKIE DUSTER, YA MAMA DEAR,
COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE SMELLER, EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER,
HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY BULL-SHOOTER, YA MAMA DEAR,
BULL SHOOTER, COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE SMELLER, EYE BLINKER,
SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY JAW BREAKER, YA MAMA DEAR,
JAW BREAKER, BULL SHOOTER, COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE SMELLER,
EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY RUBBER NECKER, YA MAMA DEAR,
RUBBER NECKER, JAW BREAKER, BULL SHOOTER, COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE
SMELLER, EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAYS "VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY CHEST PROTECTOR, YA MAMA DEAR,
CHEST PROTECTOR, RUBBER NECKER, JAW BREAKER, BULL SHOOTER,
COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE SMELLER, EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER
HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY TUMMY ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
TUMMY ACHER, CHEST PROTECTOR, RUBBER NECKER, JAW BREAKER,
BULL SHOOTER, COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE SMELLER, EYE BLINKER,
SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY TROUBLE MAKER, YA MAMA DEAR,
TROUBLE MAKER, TUMMY ACHER, CHEST PROTECTOR, RUBBER NECKER,
JAW BREAKER, BULL SHOOTER, COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE SMELLER,
EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN ACTION SONG I LEARNED WHEN I WAS IN KINDERGARTEN. AS YOU
SING THE SONG YOU ACTUALLY POINT TO THE VARIOUS PARTS MENTIONED. CO
1. HEAD ACHER-FORE HEAD
2. SWEATS BROWER-ABOVE EYES
3. EYE BLINKER-EYE LIDS
4. CHEESE SMELLER-NOSE
5. COOKIE DUSTER-UPPER LIP
6. BULL SHOOTER-MOUTH
7. JAW BREAKER-JAW
8. RUBBER NECKER-NECK
9. CHEST PROTECKER-CHEST
10. TUMMY ACHER-STOMACH
11. TROUBLE MAKER-FANNY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CUMULATIVE SONG ; GERMAN DIALECT NAMES ; SONG WITH GESTURES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-04-1972

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LITTLE COTTAGE IN THE WOOD

LITTLE OLD MAN BY THE WINDOW STOOD,
SAW A RABBIT HOPPING BY
KNOCKING AT HIS DOOR.

" HELP ME, HELP ME, SIR " , HE SAID.
" FORE THE HUNTER SHOOTS ME DEAD " .
" COME LITTLE RABBIT, COME WITH ME, ( COME INSIDE )
HAPPY WE WILL ALWAYS BE " .
( ALSO " SAFELY WE'LL ABIDE " )

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DEMONSTRATED GESTURES THAT WENT WITH THIS SONG:

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SONG WITH GESTURES ; TALKING ANIMAL

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

Date learned: 12-02-1971

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Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

HOW DO YOU GET A ONE-ARMED POLLOCK OUT OF A TREE? YOU
WAVE TO HIM!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): GESTURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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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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CUSTOM: COKE

IF TWO PEOPLE SAY THE SAME THING AT THE SAME TIME, THE FIRST ONE
TO NOTICE YELLS "COKE" AND CONTINUES TO COUNT UNTIL A SECOND
PERSON SAYS "STOP". THE NUMBER AT WHICH THE FIRST PERSON OR
SPEAKER IS STOPPED IS THE NUMBER OF COKES OWED TO HIM BY
THE SECOND SPEAKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GESTURE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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WHENEVER WE SAY SOMETHING TOGETHER THIS PROCEDURE FOLLOWS:
1ST PERSON: SHAKESPEARE. 2ND PERSON: LONGFELLOW
1ST PERSON: WHAT GOES UP THE CHIMNEY? 2ND PERSON: SMOKE.
1ST PERSON: WHAT GOES DOWN THE HATCH? 2ND PERSON: A GOOD DRINK.
THEN A SPECIAL HANDSHAKE FOLLOWS AND ENDS WITH THEM BOTH
SAYING TWIDDLE-DEE, PLACING FINGERS UNGER CHIN AND WAVING
FINGERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): GESTURE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-22-1971

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ITALIAN GESTURE

WHEN ITALIANS MEET AND GREET EACH OTHER, THEY KISS EACH
OTHER ON BOTH CHEEKS.

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COMMON EUROPEAN GESTURE.

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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I'M GOING TO GET YOU

THERE IS AN ITALIAN GESTURE IN WHICH ONE BITES HIS HAND
WITH HATE IN HIS EYES (AS ONLY THE ITALIANS CAN DO IT)
WHICH MEANS, I'M GOING TO GET YOU! (GOD HELP YOU).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT THREATENING GESTURE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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STUPID NUT--PUTTING THUMB ON NOSE AND TWITCHING FINGERS.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIEND.

Where learned: HOSPITAL

Keyword(s): DEROGATORY GESTURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Foolishness Stupidity Insanity

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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TO CALL A PERSON TOWARD YOU, YOU WIGGLE YOUR FOREFINGER
TO{WARD} YOURSELF.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN COLOMBIA, FROM LIVING THERE.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; BOGOTA ; COLOMBIA

James Callow Keyword(s): COME HITHER GESTURE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 06-12-1967

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THERE IS A BRASILIAN GESTURE IN WHICH ONE TAKES HIS
RIGHT HAND AND THROWS IT OUT, THEN DOWN, AND THEN
BACK QUICKLY WHICH MEANS "COME HERE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): BRAZIL ; SOUTH AMERICA

James Callow Keyword(s): COME HITHER GESTURE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 02-19-1970

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Belief

When driving past a cemetery place on efinger on the roof of the car and put another finger on your mouth and say "shhhh". This is so you will not wake up the dead.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE ; BELIEF ; CEMETERY ; GESTURE ; GRAVEYARD ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Gesture

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Superstition

Point at a shooting star or even speak of it and you lose your next wish.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Origina BN's [P600.880, P800, P880] crossed out and replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): ASTROLOGY ; ASTRONOMY ; BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; jinx ; Point ; SPEAKING TABU ; SUPERSTITION ; TABU ; WISH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Gesture

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Gesture

Thumbing your nose at someone means :"kiss my ass"

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): GESTURE ; RETORT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Gesture
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TO BRING GOOD LUCK TO AN ITALIAN (SICILIAN MOSTLY)
CARDPLAYER, YOU TAKE YOUR THUMB, STICK IT STRAIGHT
UP ON HIS HEAD, THEN LET IT FALL, WITH A LITTLE
FORCE AND SAY "NASPOLA!!" THIS BRINGS GOOD LUCK
SUPPOSEDLY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; BLESSING ; Card ; CUSTOM ; GAME ; GESTURE ; Italian ; LUCK ; Naspolta ; SUPERSTITION ; Thumb

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CROSSING OF ANY TWO FINGERS IS A WISH FOR GOOD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Crossing ; CUSTOM ; Finger ; Fingers ; GESTURE ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 02-23-1971

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WHEN A PERSON IS ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING IN WHICH HE
OR SHE NEEDS GOOD LUCK, THE PEOPLE WAITING FOR
THEM AND THEY THEMSELVES CROSS THEIR MIDDLE AND
FOREFINGERS FOR LUCK.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TOLD TO ME IN GRAMMAR SCHOOL 1955-1963.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cross ; Crossing ; CUSTOM ; Finger ; Fingers ; GESTURE ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

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