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TRUE FRIENDS ARE LIKE DIAMONDS--
PRECIOUS AND RARE.
FALSE ONES ARE LIKE LEAVES--
FOUND EVERYWHERE.

Submitter comment: THIS USED TO BE ONE OF MY PEN PALS (1957). THIS WAS
ONE OF HER CLEVER SAYINGS.

Data entry tech comment: OFTEN FOUND IN AUTOGRAPH BOOKS.

Where learned: Wyoming ; ROCK SPRINGS

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP JEWELS ; METER: TROCHAIC ; QUATRAIN FUNCTION AUTOGRAPH VERSE ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTUMN LEAVES SCATTERED EVERYWHERE--AMA BARR

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS CONSIDERED VERY BAD LUCK TO TRIP ON A GANGPLANK
THIS ESPECIALLY HOLDS TRUE BEFORE GOING ON LIBERTY
AND SHOULD THIS OCCUR, IT IS BELIEVED THAT A VERY BAD
LIBERTY WILL RESULT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

James Callow Keyword(s): LIBERTY=LEAVE, VACATION, TIME OFF ; MARITIME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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TRUTH

DON'T TAKE ANY WOODEN NICKELS.

Submitter comment: HIS GRANDFATHER SAID THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; GULLIBILITY ; LEAVETAKING FORMULA

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEVER CHEW YOUR CABBAGE TWICE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): "LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE." ; ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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REMEDY FOR BURNS

AN OLD POLISH REMEDY FOR BURNS.
IS TO PUT COOKED CABBAGE LEAVES ON THE AFFECTED AREA.

Data entry tech comment: OTHER SIMILAR CARDS IN ARCHIVES

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CABBAGE LEAVES ; FOOD ; POLISH BELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-15-1968

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CHRISTMAS EVE BREAD

OPLATKI-(O PWAT'KEY) - IS UNLEAVE[NE]D BREAD WHICH NUNS MAKE IN
POLAND FOR CHRISTMAS EVE. IT HAS A NATIVITY IMPRINT ON IT. THE
HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD AND HIS MATE BREAK ONE PIECE INTO TWO HALVES,
THE CHILDREN THEN WISH EACH OTHER HEALTH, WEALTH, ETC. SOME OF
THESE PEOPLE SET A PLACE FOR STRANGERS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED FROM PARENTS.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; UNLEAVENED BREAD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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GOODBYE GESTURES

WHILE WORKING AS A TOURIST GUIDE FOR THE FORD MOTOR
COMPANY, I WAS ASSIGNED A GROUP OF ENGLISHMEN TO
ESCORT THROUGH THE ROUGE PLANT. WHEN LUNCH WAS
COMPLETED, I STOOD UP TO LEAVE THE TABLE AND SAY
GOODBYE. WHILE LEAVING, A NUMBER OF THE ENGLISHMEN
GESTURED BY CLENCHING THEIR FINGERS LIKE A FIST,
THUMB STRAIGHT UP. WITH THE HAND IN SUCH A FORM,
THEY WOULD MOVE THE ARM UP AND DOWN ABOUT 5 TO 6
INCHES IN ALL. ONE OF THEM TOLD ME THAT THIS WAS
A GOODBYE AND GOOD LUCK SIGN ALL IN ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): LEAVETAKING

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Goodbyes Leavetakings
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions

Date learned: 00001963 SUMMER

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Autograph Rhyme

Roses are red, leaves are green.

You have a shape like a submarine.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; COLOR ; Cynical ; FLOWERS ; Green ; Leaves ; Red ; RHYME ; Roses ; Signature ; Submarine ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Language

Get Lost!:

A humorous putdown which is self-explanatory: "make like a tree and leave"

Submitter comment:

This saying circulates among Mary's friends and has also caught on in our family.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Leave-Taking?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; INSULT ; Language ; Leave ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Tree ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Language

after a twenty minute argument with his cousin, Jim hollored this parting statement: "Make like a tree and leave!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

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Leave-Talking?

Better-Taunt?

Original BN [C730.329] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): Leave ; Leave Talking ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; TAUNT ; Tree ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: --
SPEECH -- Formula

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Language

Taunt:

Make like a tree and leave.

Submitter comment:

Informant Used in School.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Keyword(s): Leave ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; TAUNT ; Tree ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Verse

Leave-Taking:

See you later alligator.

Afterwhile crocodile

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Keyword(s): Alligator ; Crocodile ; Leave Taking ; RHYME ; SLANG ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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IF LEAVES TURN OVER ON "WRONG" SIDE, IT'S GOING TO RAIN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): ; Leaves ; OMEN ; Rain ; SIGN ; Turn ; Upside Down ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF THE LEAVES DANCE, IT'S GOING TO SNOW.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): DANCE ; Leaves ; OMEN ; SIGN ; SNOW ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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TOOTHACHE REMEDY:
CHEW ON SEVERAL LEAVES OF CATNIP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Catnip ; Chew ; CURE ; Herb ; Herbal ; ILLNESS ; Leaves ; REMEDY ; TOOTHACHE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-29-1973

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WHEN LEAVING A BUILDING, IT IS BAD LUCK TO GO OUT ANY
DOOR, EXCEPT THE ONE THROUGH WHICH YOU ENTERED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: Arkansas ; RUSSELLVILLE

Keyword(s): Bad ; Door ; Enter ; Exit ; Leave ; LUCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 10-07-1973

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DEATH BELIEF

IF SOMEONE LEAVES, DO NOT SHUT THE GATE RIGHT AFTER HIM
OR HE WILL DIE SOON.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; DEATH ; Gate ; Guest ; Leave ; OMEN ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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