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MOTHER MAY I

ONE PERSON IS CHOSEN THE "MOTHER." HE THEN TELLS THE OTHER
PEOPLE WHAT KIND AND HOW MANY STEPS THEY MAY TAKE E.G. THREE
GIANT OR BABY STEPS. THE PERSON MUST ASK "MOTHER MAY I"
BEFORE HE CAN MOVE. IF HE FORGETS, HE CANNOT TAKE THE STEPS
AND
MUST GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING. THE WINNER IS THE ONE WHO
REACHES MOTHER FIRST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): POLITENESS TEST

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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MOTHER MAY I

WHEN I WAS A CHILD THE GROUP I PLAYED WITH PLAYED " MOTHER MAY I."
IN THIS GAME, ONE PERSON BECAME "MOTHER". THE OBJECT WAS TO GET
FROM ONE LINE TO ANOTHER. YOU DID THIS BY DOING WHAT MOTHER SAID.
MOTHER WOULD TELL YOU TO TAKE A GIANT STEP, PINCH STEP, SIDE STEP,
HOP, SKIP, JUMP OR ANYTHING ELSE. BEFORE THE PERSON COULD DO IT HE
MUST ASK "MOTHER MAY I?" AND SHE WOULD ANSWER "YES, YOU MAY" OR NO
"YOU MAY NOT". SNEAKING STEPS WERE SOMETIMES ALLOWED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POLITENESS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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DINNER COMPLIMENT (SYRIA)

THE HOSTESS IS PAID A COMPLIMENT BY HER GUESTS IF THEY "BELCH"
AFTER HAVING A DINNER. THIS "BELCH" SHOWS THE HOSTESS THAT THE
MEAL WAS VERY GOOD AND VERY SATISFYING.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BELCHING POLITENESS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-25-1968

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BURPING

IN INDIA THE PLEASING MANNER OF EXPRESSING A GOOD MEAL IS TO BURP
IN YOUR HOSTESS'S PRESENCE.
THIS IS REMEMBERED AS A COMMENT AFTER A VERY GOOD MEAL AT A FINE
RESTAURANT IN ATHENS, GREECE.

Where learned: GREECE ; ATHENS

Keyword(s): POLITENESS BURPING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 08-00-1969

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CUSTOM

"ENRYO" IS A FORM OF SOCIAL CUSTOM OF POLITENESS WHICH JAPANESE
MUST PRESERVE IN THEIR INTER-PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS. THE INDIVIDUAL
IS NOT PERMITTED TO INDULGE HIS REAL DESIRE. AT A DINNER, ETC.
WHILE ETIQUETTE FORCES THE HOST TO URGE HIS GUEST NOT TO DO "ENRYO"
(TO ACCEPT ANOTHER CAKE OR SERVING), THE GUEST IN TURN IS BOUND TO
DO "ENRYO" AND REFUSE THE OFFER ALTHOUGH HE MAY BE DYING TO INDULGE
HIMSELF.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THE ABOVE WHILE GROWING UP IN JAPAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): HOST GUEST POLITENESS ETIQUETTE

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

Date learned: 08-01-1964

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Mother May I

Any number can play. One person acts as the mother. The
person acting as the mother stands a distance away from the
players. Each person gets a turn. The players ask mother if
they can do certain things. For example, " Mother May I take 2
giant steps?" Mother can respond in a positive manner by saying
"Yes you may" or by telling that player to take ever more steps
or bigger than giant steps or mother may respond in a negative
way by saying "No, you may take some steps backwards" or "You may
take little steps." It is up to the mother to grant the players
their wishes. First person to reach mother wins and becomes
mother.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POLITENESS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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