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SNAKES

IF YOU SEE A SNAKE OR DREAM ABOUT ONE, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSSIBLE GOSSIP, BACKBITING

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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WHISTLE IN YOUR EAR

IF YOU HEAR A WHISTLE IN YOUR EAR, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.
IF YOU SAY THE ALPHABET UNTIL IT STOPS,
THE LETTER IT STOPS ON (WILL BE)
THE FIRST INITIAL OF THE NAME OF THE PERSON TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSSIBLE GOSSIP, BACKBITING

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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PROVERB

A CLOSED MOUTH CATCHES NO FLIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY ; INSECT

James Callow Keyword(s): GOSSIP ; OBSERVATION ; PUN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

NEVER KISS AN UGLY GIRL. (BECAUSE SHE'S BOUND TO TELL ANOTHER)

Submitter comment: YOU DON'T WANT A BAD REPUTATION IN NEWFOUNDLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; GOSSIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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PROVERB IN VERSE

NEVER KISS BY THE GARDEN GATE
CAUSE LOVE IS BLIND BUT THE NEIGHBORS AIN'T

Submitter comment: DOES THIS QUALIFY AS VERSE?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; GOSSIP ; PARODY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 02-24-1972

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PROVERB IN VERSE

NEVER KISS BY THE GARDEN GATE,
FOR LOVE IS BLAND, (SIC) BUT THE NEIGHBORS AIN'T

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

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; BLIND ; GOSSIP ; PARODY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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GOSSIP COMES HOME

A DAGO PROVERB IS NEVER RUN DOWN SOMEBODY ELSE'S DAUGHTER BECAUSE
IT WILL ALWAYS COME BACK TO YOUR OWN DOORSTEP

Submitter comment:

DAGO IS SLANG, DEROGATORY NAME, FOR ITALIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; GOSSIP ; SLANDER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEVER SPREAD STUPID RUMORS, LET OTHERS DO THIS.

Data entry tech comment: ON ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD THE LOCATION AT WHICH ITEM WAS COLLECTED
IS LISTED AS RUSSIA BUT DEARBORN HEIGHTS MICHIGAN SHOULD
PROBABLY BE ASSUMED

Where learned: WESTERN RUSSIA

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; GOSSIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1905

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EAR ITCHING

IF YOUR EAR ITCHES (EITHER ONE)
YOU WILL HEAR SOME GOSSIP SOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOSSIP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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SMART VINCENT

IT IS TOLD THAT THERE IN A CITY OR TOWN, THERE ALWAYS COMES
ALONG A SMART YOUNG MAN AS OFTEN AS A GOOD FARM HAND. BUT OUT IN
THE FARM VILLAGES THERE ALSO COMES ALONG A SMART BOY-WITH A ROUND
HEAD.
IN ONE PARISH THERE WAS A BOY NAMED VINCENT, (WHO) FROM BIRTH WAS
VERY SMART. HIS PARENTS WERE POOR, SO THERE WAS NO MONEY TO SEND
HIM TO SCHOOL WITH. WHEN HE TURNED TWELVE, HIS FATHER GAVE HIM TO A
RICH MAN AS HIS MESSENGER. BEING WITH THE MAN, VINCENT LEARNED HOW
TO WRITE. IN THE FARMS, THE CHILDREN OFTEN GET OUT OF HAND, BECAUSE
THERE IS NO ONE TO LOOK AFTER THEM; BUT VINCENT DIDN'T, HE WAS
FAITHFUL TO HIS MASTER AND DIDN'T OVERLOOK THE SMALLEST THING.
AFTER HE GREW AWHILE, HIS MASTER RAISED HIM TO A HIGHER POSITION,
DRESSED HIM IN THE BEST CLOTHES, PAID HIM A GOOD SALARY AND TOOK HIM
EVERYWHERE WITH HIM. VINCENT DECIDED THAT OUR PEOPLE ARE MUCH TOO
TALKATIVE, THEY TELL EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE-TO THOSE NECESSARY AND T
THOSE NOT NECESSARY. THAT'S WHY HE DECIDED THAT HE WILL NOT TELL
ANYTHING TO ANYONE WITHOUT LYING.
ONE TIME THEY WENT TO VILNIUS. THE MASTER WENT TO THE TOWN AND
VINCENT STAYED ON AT THE HOTEL. AFTER AN HOUR, A STRANGE MAN CAME U
TO HIM AND STARTED TALKING:
"I READ YOUR MASTER'S PASSPORT AND I KNOW THAT HE CAME FROM THE
NORTHERN COUNTRY: TELL ME, WHAT'S NEW UP THERE BY YOU?"
"WHILE LEAVING THE RIVERFRONT, WE HEARD THE CHURCH BELLS CHIMING.
MAYBE SOMEBODY DIED," ANSWERED VINCENT.
"BUT THAT ISN'T WHAT I ASKED," SAID THE MAN. "I WANT TO KNOW
WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING."
"THE PEOPLE AND PRIESTS SAY PRAYERS EVERY MORNING AND EVENING."
"YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND ME. I HEARD THAT THE PEOPLE ROSE UP."
"TRUE, TRUE," ANSWERED VINCENT. "AS SOON AS DAWN COMES AROUND,
EVERYONE RISES."
"AND WHAT DO THE RISEN WORK?"
"OH, ANYTHING THAT THEIR MASTERS TELL THEM TO: ONE GOES OUT TO
PLOW, ANOTHER TO HERD THE SHEEP AND SO ON."
"WHAT KIND OF PERSON ARE YOU}? I'M ASKING YOU IF THERE IS ANY
FIGHTING BY YOU?}"
"WELL, WHILE BEING IN SAULIAI, A MAN DID GET INTO A FIGHT WITH A
JEW, BUT THE AUTHORITIES SEPARATED THEM."
"YOU'RE RATTLING NONSENSE. I WANT TO KNOW ISN'T THERE A WAR AT
YOUR PLACE?"
"THERE IS, THERE IS," ANSWERED VINCENT.
"AH, THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO KNOW} WHERE AND WHO IS FIGHTING."
"MY MASTER'S BARNYARD, THERE IS AN OLD ROOSTER, WHO IS ALWAYS
FOREVER FIGHTING WITH THE TURKEY. I WONDER WHO IS GOING TO DO THE
OTHER IN?" ANSWERED VINCENT.
"I SEE THAT I WON'T BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND YOU." SAID THE GUEST.
"TELL ME, WHAT IS YOUR MASTER PLANNING TO DO?"
"OH, HE'S PLANNING TO GO HOME TOMORROW."
"TELL ME, ARE THE MASTERS AND NOBLEMEN GETTING RUFFLED AGAINST
THE GOVERNMENT?"
"SOMETIMES THEY GET RUFFLED," ANSWERED VINCENT. "MY MASTER,
GOING FOR THE GOVERNMENT, IS COMBING HIS HEAD, BUT RUFFLING HIS HAIR
ESPECIALLY HIS FOREHEAD HAIRS."
"MAY YOU BURN WITH YOUR WAY OF TALKING}" SAID THE ANGERED GUEST.
"THE DAMNED NORTHERNERS: COULDN'T FIND OUT ANYTHING FROM HIM." HAVIN
SAID THAT, HE LEFT.
AFTER THE GUEST LEFT, THE MASTER SOON CAME HOME, AND FINDING THE
DOOR UNLOCKED, SAID:
"WHY DIDN'T YOU LOCK UP, BECAUSE THIS IS THE CITY. SOMEONE
COULD ROB YOU. MAYBE SOMEONE WAS HERE?"
"THERE WAS SOME FAT-CHICK WITH RED HAIR AND DUMPY NOSE,"
ANSWERED VINCENT.
"OH DEAR, PRAY TELL ME WHAT HE ASKED AND WHAT YOU TOLD HIM}"
VINCENT TOLD HIS MASTER ABOUT HIS TALK WITH THE STRANGER. HIS
MASTER, HEARING THIS, TOOK HIM AND HELD HIM TO HIS HEART.
"YOU'RE NOT MY SERVANT, BUT MY SON. DO YOU KNOW, THAT THAT WAS
THIS CITY'S FIRST MAIN THEIF? IF YOU WOULD'VE ANSWERED HIM
DIFFERENTLY, HE WOULD HAVE ROBBED ME AND MANY MORE}"
OUR PEOPLE TELL TOO MUCH TO THE WRONG PEOPLE, ANYTHING THAT COMES
INTO THEIR HEADS. THIS STORY TEACHES US NOT TO OPEN OUR HEARTS FULL
TO ANYONE.

Submitter comment: SAULIAI-- A FARM CITY IN NORTHERN LITHUANIA.
TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN BY RAMUNE STONYS.

Where learned: DISCUSSION

Keyword(s): PRODIGAL SON BIBLE SERVANT GOSSIP FAITHFULNESS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

A SHEEP WHO BLEATS LOSES MANY A MOUTHFUL.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

Keyword(s): ANIMAL GOSSIP

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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SHOOTING FROM THE LIP CAN BE JUST AS DEADLY AS SHOOTING
FROM THE HIP.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES THAT SHE HEARD THIS FROM A CO-OFFICE
WORKER AT PARKE DAVIS AND COMPANY, DETROIT, MICHIGAN,
ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO. RECALLS THAT SHE HEARD IT FROM A
LADY WHO CONTINUALLY TALKED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOSSIP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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TALK ABOUT A PERSON AND YOU WILL SEE HIS SHADOW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): GOSSIP

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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THERE'S MANY A SLIP 'TWIXT THE CUP AND THE LIP.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): GOSSIP

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

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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WALLS

THE WALLS HEAR.

Submitter comment: LAS PAREDES OYEN.
LEARNED: THROUGH HIS STUDY OF SPANISH.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): SPY GOSSIP

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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Language

Chew The Fat:

To sit around and "chew the fat" means to talk, rap, gab, etc.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Chew ; Colloquialism ; Fat ; GOSSIP ; Language ; Nickname ; SLANG ; TALK ; Term ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Saying

Give some folks enough rope and they will hang themselves.

(They talk too much)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: FLORIDA ; Plant City

Keyword(s): GOSSIP ; Hang ; Rope ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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IF SOMEONE TALKS BEHIND YOUR BACK, SPIT IN
FOUR CORNERS OF A ROOM.

Submitter comment:

HEARD FROM A FRIEND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Corners ; CUSTOM ; GOSSIP ; Response ; SPIT ; SUPERSTITION ; TALK

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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PROVERB

IF YOUR EAR RINGS,
YOUR NAME SOMEONE SINGS.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT FIRST HEARD THIS PROVERB IN 1976. THE STYLISTIC
DEVICES OF RHYME AND METER ARE USED. INVERSION IS PRESENT IN
THIS SHORT PIECE. KEY WORDS ARE EMPHASIZED AND A CAUSE AND EFFECT
RELATIONSHIP IS PRESENT. IT IS AN "A = B" EQUATION. THE
COLLECTOR INTERPRETS THIS TO MEAN THAT SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT
YOU, IF YOUR EARS RING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; GOSSIP ; Longing ; PREDICTION ; Relationship ; RHYME ; SIGN ; Sing ; SONG ; TALK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.477
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.400
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.582
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.584
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Use of Object P860.438
SPEECH -- Syntax

Date learned: 10-00-1980 ; 09-00-1976

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