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AN IMPORTANT YOUNG MAN IN QUEBEC
HAD TO WELCOME THE DUCHESS OF TECK.
SO HE BOUGHT FOR A DOLLAR
A VERY HIGH COLLAR
TO SAVE HIMSELF WASHING HIS NECK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LIMERICK MONEY HUMOR ; METER: IAMBIC ; PLACE NAMES ; RHYME: AABBA ; RHYME: FEMININE, IMPERFECT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FORMULAIC VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

I WENT TO THE RIVER, I COULDN'T GET ACROSS,
SO I PAID SIX BITS FOR AN OLD GRAY HORSE,
I RODE HIM IN, HE WOULDN'T PULL,
SO I RODE HIM OUT AND TRADED HIM FOR A BULL.
THE BULL WOULDN'T HOLLAR, SO I TRADED FOR A DOLLAR,
THE DOLLAR WOULDN'T PAY, SO I TRADED FOR SOME HAY,
THE HAY WOULDN'T GROW, SO I TRADED FOR A HOE,
THE HOE WOULDN'T DIG, SO I TRADED FOR A PIG,
THE PIG WOULDN'T SQUEAL, SO I TRADED FOR A WHEEL,
THE WHEEL WOULDN'T RUN, SO I TRADED FOR A GUN.
THE GUN WOULDN'T SHOOT, SO I TRADED FOR A BOOT.
THE BOOT WOULDN'T FIT, SO I GUESS I'D BETTER QUIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; METER: IAMBIC ; MONEY FUTILITY BARTER ; RHYME: INTERNAL, IMPERFECT ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB

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

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THERE WAS A GIRL YOU COULD TICKLE,
BY POKING HER RIBS WITH A PICKLE.
AT A CHURCH FAIR ONE DAY,
THEY MADE THE BOYS PAY,
BY CHARGING A NICKEL A TICKLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER UNCLE, WHO WAS A MINISTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; HUMOR CHILDREN MONEY ; METER: TROCHAIC ; METONYMY ; RHYME: FEMININE, INTERNAL, AABBA

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

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O ALMIGHTY DOLLAR, THY SHINING FACE
THAT SPEAKS THY MIGHTY POWER
IN MY POCKET, FIND A RESTING PLACE,
FOR I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR.
AMEN.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE MONOLOGUE QUATRAIN ; INDIRECTION SATIRE MONEY ; METER: IAMBIC, ANAPESTIC ; MOCK-PIOUS ; RHYME: MASCULINE, IMPERFECT, ABAB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

GRANDMOTHER SAID WHEN NEW YEAR'S WOULD COME AROUND SHE HAD THE
TRADITIONAL BLACK-EYED PEAS AND COLLARD GREENS TO COMPLETE HER NEW
YEAR'S DINNER. GRANDMOTHER SAID THE TRADITIONAL DINNER REPRESENTED
GOOD FINANCIAL LUCK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THE BLACK-EYED PEAS
SYMBOLIZED COINS AND THE COLLARDS REPRESENTED GREENBACKS.

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INFORMANT
PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM SINCE THE EARLY YEARS OF HER MARRIAGE.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC MONEY ; SYMBOLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 00001960S (MID)

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BURIAL CUSTOM

JUST BEFORE A PERSON'S CASKET IS CLOSED TWENTY-FIVE CENTS IS PLACED
IN HIS POCKET SO THAT HE WILL HAVE THE MONEY TO CROSS THE BRIDGE
AND ENTER HEAVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MONEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001930S

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK AND PLENTY OF IT.

Data entry tech comment: PARODY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS ; PUN ON JACK AS SLANG FOR MONEY.

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: ; FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY ; PUN: JACK FOR MONEY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JEWISH JOKE

ANOTHER NAME FOR A (SIC) ADDING MACHINE IS A JEWISH TYPEWRITER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-SEMITISM ; MONEY-MINDED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-06-1968

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MONEY COUNTING

IT IS A SURE SIGN OF A QUICK DOWNFALL TO COME IF
YOU COUNT YOUR WINNINGS WHILE A GAME OF CARDS IS STILL IN
PROGRESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GAMBLING ; MONEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 11-17-1969

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PROVERB IN VERSE

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY YOU SHOULD WEAR SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE, AND A PENNY IN YOUR
SHOE FOR GOOD LUCK

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; COLOR ; MONEY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.400
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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PROVRBIAL PHRASE

OUT OF LETTUCE (DOUGH)

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD INDICATES THE INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED BY LETTER

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG FOR MONEY ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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WHEN YOU GIVE A PERSON A PURSE AS A GIFT, YOU MUST ENCLOSE SOME MONEY
IF YOU DON'T THE PURSE WILL NEVER CARRY ANY MONEY AND THE OWNER OF
IT WILL BE POOR ALWAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Keyword(s): GIFT MONEY

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

Date learned: 11-16-1971

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IF YOU EVER GIVE A WALLET AS A GIFT TO SOMEONE,
ALWAYS PUT SOME MONEY IN IT, EVEN IF IT IS ONLY
A PENNY, THAT WAY, YOU'LL NEVER BE BROKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Keyword(s): FRIEND GIFT MONEY

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

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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CUSTOM

PLACES OF BUSINESS USUALLY SAVE THE FIRST DOLLAR THEY HAVE MADE AS A
BUSINESS. THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK. THIS PRACTICE IS DONE IN
MANY STORES

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): BUSINESS MONEY GOOD LUCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

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GOOD WEATHER MEANS MONEY

DOWN IN FLORIDA, THE SUN SHINES EVERY DAY__ AND IF ON ANY DAY IT
DOES NOT SHINE, THE NEWSPAPER COMPANIES DISTRIBUTE COPIES FREE
OF CHARGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; SAINT MARYS RECTORY

Keyword(s): MONEY WEATHER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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RIDDLE

A NICKLE AND DIME WERE ON THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.
THE NICKLE ROLLED OFF. WHY DIDN'T THE DIME?
BECAUSE THE DIME HAD MORE CENTS

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): MONEY ; PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-28-1965

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PENNIES IN THE FOUNTAIN.

IF YOU THROW A PENNY IN TO A FOUNTAIN
IT WILL BRING YOU WHATEVER YOU WISH FOR ON THE PENNY.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): MONEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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BELIEF(CUSTOM)

A CRUST OF BREAD AND PENNIES SHOULD BE HIDDEN IN THE
HOME ON NEW YEARS EVE SO THAT THE FAMILY WILL
HAVE A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD MONEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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GIVING SOMETHING SHARP

IF YOU GIVE SOMEONE SOMETHING SHARP LIKE A KNIFE
OR SCISSORS FOR A GIFT, THEY SHOULD GIVE YOU BACK A PENNY
SO THAT IT DOES NOT SEVER THE FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: DETROIT ; DAYTON ; MM I

Keyword(s): MONEY

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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SPIRITS

IN ORDER FOR ONE TO KEEP SPIRITS OUT OF THEIR HOUSE HE OR SHE
SHOULD NAIL PENNIES ON THE FLOOR OF THE DOORWAY OR
HE OR SHE SHOULD WEAR PENNIES AROUND ONE'S NECK OR ANKLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COINS ; MONEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 02-10-1972

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