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IF A WOMAN'S SECOND TOE IS LONGER THAN HER BIG TOE, IT
MEANS THAT SHE WILL BE THE BOSS OF HER FAMILY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ALSO HAVE HEARD THIS MEANS YOU ARE DESCENDED FROM ROYALTY.

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ALMOST COUNTS ONLY IN HORSESHOES AND HAND-GRENADES.

Submitter comment: FINE FELLOW

Where learned: FLORIDA ; PANAMA CITY

Keyword(s): GAMES ; NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): CAN ; I SUPPOSE THE MEANING OF THIS IS THAT A HAND GRENADE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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DOG IN A MANGER

DON'T BE A DOG IN THE MANGER.

Submitter comment: MARILOU'S INFORMANT WAS NORMA ALBUS, A NEIGHBOR IN HER OLD NEIGH-
BORHOOD, OF GERMAN-SCOTTISH EXTRACTION (57 YEARS) SHE SAID: MM[ DON'T BE A DOG IN THE MANGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

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

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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PAR FOR THE COURSE

BE YOURSELF...IF YOU CANT DO ANY BETTER.

Where learned: LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): OF ; PAR IS A GOLF TERM MEANING "AVERAGE" OR USUAL NUMBER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEGLIGENCE IS A GREAT ENEMY

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN. ITEM IS FROM A LETTER

James Callow comment: I ASSUME THE INFORMANT IS TRANSLATING FROM JAPANESE--
F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: JAPAN

James Callow Keyword(s): MEANING: WHAT WILL YOU HAVE, REGARDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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PROVERB

I'M ON THE WAGON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): MEANING: I'M NOT DRINKING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ; WATER WAGON

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
DOMINO
DOMINO WHO?
DOMINO THING IF YA AIN'T GOT THAT SWING.

Submitter comment: AT SOME PARTY

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): SONG TITLE: IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF YOU AIN'T GOT THAT SWING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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AUTHORS AND TITLES

THE YELLOW RIVER BY I. P. DALEY

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): PUN ; PUNS ; WORDPLAY

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON PEE, MEANING URINATE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: CA00001968

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WHAT'S THE DEFINITION OF A DOPE RING IN POLAND? SIX
POLLOCKS STANDING AROUND IN A CORNER!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN: DOPE MEANING NUMSKULL AND NARCOTICS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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"SOUCOUNIANT" OR "VOLANT" ARE PEOPLE THAT TAKE OFF THEIR SKIN AND
GO SUCK ANIMALS' BLOOD. THEY HAVE FLAMES COMING FROM UNDERNEATH
THEIR ARMS AND THEY CAN FLY. IF YOU DON'T WANT THEM TO GET BACK
INTO THEIR SKIN, YOU ADD SOME SALT, GARLIC, LEMON, ETC. TO THE
SKIN WHICH IS USUALLY LEFT IN A BIG BUCKET. ANOTHER WAY TO STOP
THEM IS TO DRAW A CROSS WITH A KNIFE, AND AT THE INTERSECTION OF
THE TWO LINES YOU STAB THE KNIFE.

Submitter comment: MOST OF THE TIMES, THE "SOUCOUNIANTS" ARE WOMEN. I REMEMBER MANY
YEARS AGO THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED THAT THEY CAUGHT ONE AND
THEY TOOK HER TO THE HOSPITAL.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "VOLANT" MEANS SOMETHING THAT COULD FLY.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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"M'AN COCO POTE D'ENFER" IS A WOMAN WHO LIVES IN AN UNDERWATER
CAVE, AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT SHE ATTACKS FISHERMEN AND DIVERS.

Submitter comment: SOME PEOPLE SAID THAT THEY HAVE BEEN IN HER UNDERWATER CAVE, AND
WHAT THEY SAW WAS A HUGE TABLE FULL OF DISHES.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "M'AN COCO" MEANS "MADAME COCO". "POTE D'ENFER" MEANS "HELL'S GATE" ; SUPPOSELY THAT IS WHERE SHE LIVES. ; WHICH IS THE NAME OF THE NORTHERN EXTREMITY OF GUADELOUPE, AND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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IF YOU CLEAN OUT YOUR PLATE THE SUN WILL SHINE THE
NEXT DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HE (SIC) PARENTS TOLD HER THIS DURING
HER CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): CLEAN OUT MEANS CLEAN UP.

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Eating
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection P892.28

Date learned: 09-24-1970

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IF YOU DREAM OF A DEATH, WEDDING IN THE FAMILY;
IF YOU DREAM OF A WEDDING, DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: Arkansas ; RUSSELLVILLE

Keyword(s): DEATH ; Dream ; FAMILY ; Meaning ; Opposite ; SIGN ; SYMBOL ; WEDDING

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; CONTRAST ; ITERATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life

Date learned: 10-20-1973

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TEN ACRES OF SAND AND A RED-HEADED WIFE
IS UAUALLY {SIC} THE END OF A PINHEAD'S LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): THINKS, PINHEAD MEANS DULL-WITTED.} ; {MEANING? COLLECTOR DOESN'T KNOW. PROBABLY, SHE

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

Date learned: 09-20-1967

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TIE THE DONKEY WHERE HIS MASTER SAYS.
OCBOT IL HANAE FEIN IGHEIDLU SIDU {MALTESE}

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): {MEANING? YOU SHOULD OBEY AUTHORITY, SAYS COLLECTOR}

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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WHAT THE FARMER DOESN'T KNOW HE WON'T EAT.

Submitter comment: GERMAN: WAS DER BAUER NICHT KENNT DAS FRIST ER NICHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): "FRIST" HERE IS FROM THE VERB "FRESSEN," WHICH MEANS "TO ; EAT LIKE AN ANIMAL."

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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ONE HAND IN THE CROOK OF THE OTHER RAISED (CLENCHED
FIST) ARM MEANS "FUCK YOU" IN ITALIAN.

Submitter comment: PARDON MY "FRENCH"

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): FRENCH, IN THIS CASE, MEANS BAD LANGUAGE. ; INTERCOURSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn
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Date learned: 12-00-1971

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RIDDLE

MR GREEN IS A BUTCHER. HE IS SIX FEET TALL AND WEARS A
SIZE TEN SHOE. WHAT DOES HE WEIGH?
-- MEAT

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): TRANSATIVE AND INTRANSATIVE MEANING OF VERB "TO WEIGH."

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-00-1965

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RIDDLE

WHAT DO ALL SHIPS WEIGH, REGARDLESS OF SIZE?
-- ANCHORS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): TRANSATIVE AND INTRANSATIVE MEANING OF VERB "WEIGH."

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-0000

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RIDDLE

THERE IS A GIRL IN A BUTCHER SHOP IN CINCINNATI WHO IS
6 FEET 8 INCHES TALL, HAS A 42 INCH WAIST, AND WEARS
NUMBER 12 SHOES. WHAT DOES SHE WEIGH?
-- SHE WEIGHS MEAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): TRANSATIVE AND INTRANSATIVE VERB MEANING "TO WEIGH."

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-0000

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