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TITS

ACCORDING TO INFORMANT WHO IS STUDENT AT UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, A
COLLEGE STUDENT (MALE) WILL REFER TO SOMETHING AS BEING "TITS" WHEN
MEANING GREAT, FANTASTIC, OR WONDERFUL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMALE BREASTS=TITS?

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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PROVERB

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY.

James Callow comment: IT'S INTERESTING THAT STEVENSON LISTS THIS UNDER "JACK"
RATHER THAN "WORK" -- F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; NAME: JACK FOR MALE OR PERSON ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-29-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BOAR.

Submitter comment: OFTEN HEARD IN INFORMANT'S HOMETOWN OF HARDIN, ILLINOIS, POP. 1000.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): BOAR=MALE PIG ; MAMMARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-22-1971

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A SMART GIRL CAN PLAY POST OFFICE ALL NIGHT WITHOUT
GETTING ANY MAIL IN HER BOX.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; KISSING ; OBSERVATION ; PUN: MAIL FOR MALE ; SEX ; SLANG: BOX FOR VAGINA ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Date learned: 10-05-1971

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A Jew and a Czech were walking through the woods, and
they ran into two big bears: one male and one female.
Feeling brave, the Czech tried to fight them off, and
the male bear ate him up. The Jew ran back to town
for help. When he returned with the hunters, they asked
him which of the bears ate the Czech. The Jew said it
was the male bear. So they killed the male bear, cut
him open, and the Czech wasn't there.
Moral of the story: Never trust a Jew when he says:
"The check's in the mail!"

Submitter comment:

That is a phrase used frequently by people who owe
someone money.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): pun: Czech check ; pun: male mail

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00-00-1991

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Menstruating women were not allowed in the barn in the olden
days because the cows would cease to give milk.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Female Hygiene Myths

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 02-00-1985

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A male being the first person to enter your house on New
Year's Day would mean that you and your home would be blessed
with good fortune all year.

James Callow comment:

See Hand, North Carolina, nos. 3886, 3889-3890.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; Guest ; Home ; Host ; LUCK ; Male ; Man ; New Year ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

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Rape is assault with a friendly weapon.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The original BN [W200] is crossed out. It is not replaced with another BN.

Submission card was located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ANTIFEMINISM ; Distasteful Jokes ; Female ; Harm ; JOKE ; Male ; Misogyny ; POWER ; Rape ; SICK JOKE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
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Ethnic: Ukranian

If an unmarried girl dies, she is buried dressed as a bride, according to Ukranian tradition.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): BURIAL ; Chastity ; DEATH ; ETHNIC ; Female ; Funeral ; Maiden ; UKRAINIAN ; Unmarried ; YOUTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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Belief: Animal

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Belief in Oysters:

Oysters make a man sexually potent.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P500, N245.8] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; APHRODISIAC ; BELIEF ; Male ; Oysters ; Potent ; Prowess ; SEX ; Sexuality ; SHELLFISH ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
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Proverb

Pennsylvania Dutch Proverb:

Girls with fat cheeks have hearts like flint.

Submitter comment:

Heard in Steelton, PA. about 1920.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Comparison?

Original BN [V200 : 700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cheeks ; DUTCH ; Emotions ; ETHNIC ; Fat ; Female ; FLINT ; Girl ; HEART ; LOVE ; PENNSYLVANIA ; Region

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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Play on Words

Women's Clothes:

It's come to the point where you can't judge a girl by her clothes...There isn't enough evidence.

Submitter comment:

I heard this at Awrey Bakery, where I worked last summer.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; Judge ; PUN ; Woman

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B300

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Play on Words

The reason the modern girl's bathing suit is real cool is that most of it is real gone.

Submitter comment:

Heard it at Awrey's Bakery where I worked last summer.

Data entry tech comment:

 

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): Bathing Suit ; Bikini ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; MODERN ; PUN ; Woman

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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Play on Words

Women's Clothing:

Nothing can replace today's women's bathing suit; in fact, it already has.

Submitter comment:

Heard this at Awrey's Bakery where I worked last summer.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): Bathing Suit ; Bikini ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; PUN ; WOMEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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Custom: Holiday

IN THE CENTER OF THE TOWN, THE UNATTACHED MEN WALKED
AROUND THE PLAZA COUNTER-CLOCKWISE, WHILE THE UNMARRIED
GIRLS WALKED IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. OCCASIONALLY,
THE GIRLS WILL REST ON OVERLOOKING BALCONIES, FROM
WHICH THEY WILL THROW SMALL DARTS TRAILING COLORED
STREAMERS. AFTER THE PARADE, THE MAN IS ENTITLED
TO VISIT ONLY BALCONIES DECORATED IN THE COLORS MATCHING
THE STREAMERS HE HOLDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: Magazine

Keyword(s): Balcony ; COURTSHIP ; Dart ; ETHNIC ; Female ; Flirtation ; Male ; Parade ; Ribbon ; Spain ; Spanish ; Streamer ; Streamers

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

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Belief

RED HEADED WOMEN ARE MORE PASSIONATE AND BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Blonde ; Brunette ; COLOR ; Female ; HAIR ; Red ; Stereotype ; Woman ; WOMEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 02-12-1970

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CUSTOM

ON THE DAY AFTER EASTER, THE FIRST GIRL A BOY SAW, HE WOULD SPRINKLE
HER WITH WATER. HOWEVER BOYS ARE BOYS WHEREVER YOU GO AND THEY
USUALLY USED A WHOLE BUCKET OF WATER ON EVERY GIRL THEY MET. THEIR
GIRL FRIENDS THEY SPRINKLED WITH PERFUME OR COLOGNE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs Added / 02-28-2011 / TRD
Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: TAYLOR ; Michigan Consolidated Gas Company ; informant's home

Keyword(s): Boy ; Cologne ; COURTSHIP ; CUSTOM ; DYNGUS DAY ; Female ; Flirt ; Flirtation ; Girl ; holiday ; Male ; Perfume ; RITUAL ; Scent ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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Wedding Custom

Before the bride and groom leave for their honeymoon the bride throws her bridal bouquet over her shoulder or with her eyes closed to all single females present. The girl who catches the bouquet will be the next person to marry.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Bouquet ; CEREMONY ; CUSTOM ; Females ; FLOWERS ; Ladies ; MARRIAGE ; Single ; WEDDING ; WOMEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Language

I have heard North Hall referred to as "Menopause Manor" the reason being that there are quite a few older residents in the dorm.

Submitter comment:

North Hall of Vanderbilt University

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AGE ; Dormitory ; Female ; Language ; Manor ; Menopause ; Nickname ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; University ; Vanderbilt ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary ; WOMEN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

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LEGEND OF A SAINT

WHENEVER A GIRL HAS PROBLEMS TRYING TO FIND YOUNG MEN TO GO
OUT WITH SHE SHOULD REPEAT THE FOLLOWING OCCASIONALLY:
"ST. ANNE, ST. ANNE,
PLEASE SEND ME A MAN."

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Attraction ; DATING ; Female ; Male ; Patron ; PRAYER ; Saint ; Saint Anne

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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