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Environmental Factor

Background and Environmental Factors:

Mitten Mountain, Montana - rare name - named because of a fire scar causing the shape of a mitten.

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Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; American Place Names

Keyword(s): Background ; Environmental ; ETYMOLOGY ; FIRE ; Mitten ; Montana ; MOUNTAIN ; Nickname ; Scar ; SHAPE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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Folk Name for Animal

Bunny - for Rabbit

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Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ANIMAL ; Bunny ; Folk Name ; Nickname ; Rabbit

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

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Language

Nickname for Grandfather:

"grandpa"

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Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Grandfather ; Grandpa ; Language ; Nickname

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

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Saying

Out of Cite [sic]

This saying, used by young people, means that something is enjoyable, pleasing, or otherwise good. It can be paralleled with such jargon as "cool," "bad," or "mellow."

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Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): Bad ; Cite ; Cool ; Era ; Jargon ; Language ; Mellow ; Nickname ; SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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BORASS---MEANS TO PLAY A PRACTICAL JOKE ON SOMEONE.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: INDIANA ; BLOOMINGTON

Keyword(s): JOKE ; Nickname ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; SLANG ; SPEECH

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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BLOW OUT---MEANS TO PROCESS OR GET AN AFRO HAIRSTYLE.

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SUBJECT/VERB AGREEMENT AND FORM ADDED AND CORRECTED BY
EDITOR.

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Afro ; Blow Out ; EUPHEMISM ; Hairstyle ; Nickname ; SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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SPOOK---MEANS ANYONE WHO IS BLACKER THAN YOU.

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Black ; COLOR ; Derisive ; ETHNIC ; Nickname ; SLANG ; Slur

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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TOUGH TILLY---MEANS A COWARD OR CRYBABY (USED IN
TAUNTING MANNER).

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Cry Baby ; Nickname ; SLANG ; TAUNT ; Tease ; Tough

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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RACKED UP---MEANS ASLEEP OR BEHAVING AS SUCH (NEGATIVE
CONNOTATION).

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; Nickname ; Rack ; SLANG ; SLEEP

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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COP DODGIN'---MEANS BEING IN TROUBLE

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Cop ; Dodging ; Nickname ; SLANG ; TROUBLE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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BARN BURNER---MEANS A VERY CLOSE (IN SCORE) ATHLETIC
CONTEST.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Barn ; Burner ; Nickname ; Score ; SLANG ; SPORTS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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DAISY TRIMMER---MEANS A GROUNDBALL TO THE OUTFIELD.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BASEBALL ; Daisy ; Nickname ; SLANG ; SPORTS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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CLIFF HANGERS---MEAN A VERY CLOSE ATHLETIC CONTEST

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Cliff Hanger ; GAME ; Nickname ; Score ; SLANG ; SPORTS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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SANTA CLAUS

ONE OF THE MOST WIDESPREAD LEGENDS I CAN THINK OF IS THAT
OF SANTA CLAUS. NOT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT IN MANY
COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD IT IS BELIEVED THAT THERE IS SOME
JOLLY, KIND OLD MAN WHO BRINGS TOYS AND PRESENTS TO ALL GOOD
LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS AT CHRISTMAS TIME.

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Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): GIFTS ; holiday ; Legend ; Present ; Saint Nick ; SANTA CLAUS ; Toys

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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ON CHRISTMAS EVE A GERMAN CUSTOM IS TO EAT WINE SOUP WITH
PUMPERNICKEL IN IT.

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

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; GERMAN ; Pumpernickel ; Soup ; Stew ; tradition ; Wine

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 03-04-1971

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TOURIST NAMING

THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY RUN VARIOUS TOURS THROUGH ITS ROUGE
PLANT, MR. BARRY IS THE SENIOR GUIDE ON THE STAFF.
OF COURSE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE TAKEN THE FORD TOUR.
THE GUIDE STAFF TENDS TO GIVE THE VARIOUS GROUPS PET NAMES.
ONCE MR. BARRY HAD A FARM PARTY FROM INDIANA, AND THEIR NAME
WAS HERMAN, WELL THE NAME STUCK, AND WHENEVER ANYONE WITH A
FARM OR BUMPKIN APPEARANCE TAKES A TOUR, THE GUIDES REFER TO
THEM AS HERMANS.

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THUS THE INFORMANT INVENTED THE TERM AND IT HAS BECOME A
TRADITIONAL WORD.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Bumpkins ; ETYMOLOGY ; Hermans ; Museum ; Nickname ; Tour ; Tourist

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: SUMMER 00001963

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LAKE SUPERIOR BELIEF

LAKE SUPERIOR IS KNOWN AS THE LAKE THAT DOES NOT GIVE UP ITS
DEAD. THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT BECAUSE THE LAKE IS SO COLD,
THE BODIES DON'T DECOMPOSE AND RISE TO THE SURFACE.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Dead ; Decompose ; Lake ; Lake Superior ; Nickname ; Origin ; TEMPERATURE ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Still water Small body.
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ON DECEMBER 6, ONE OF THE NEIGHBORS WOULD DRESS
UP AS SAINT NICHOLAS IN OLD CLOTHES AND WOULD
DISTRIBUTE BAGS OF FRUIT, ESPECIALLY APPLES, NUTS,
AND CANDY TO ALL THE CHILDREN. THEY ALSO
CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CANDY ; Celebrate ; Consumption ; CUSTOM ; Feast ; FESTIVAL ; FOOD ; holiday ; Nicholas ; Nick ; Saint ; ST. NICHOLAS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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ON ST. NICHOLAS DAY (DECEMBER 6) IT IS A TRADITION AMONG
POLES IN CHICAGO TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN PUT SHOES
OUT ON THE FRONT PORCH; DURING THE NIGHT THE SHOES
ARE FILLED WITH TANGERINES, A FAVORITE FRUIT
AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Celebration ; CUSTOM ; CUSTOM ; FESTIVAL ; GAME ; holiday ; Nicholas ; Nick ; Saint ; ST. NICHOLAS ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas

Date learned: 10-27-1971

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ON ST. NICHOLAS DAY, DECEMBER 6, PARENTS GIVE THEIR
CHILDREN ONE GIFT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; GLENVIEW

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; GIFT ; holiday ; Nick ; Saint ; ST. NICHOLAS ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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