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PROVERB

DON'T LOCK A STABLE AFTER THE HORSE HAS BEEN STOLEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; PRECAUTION IS BETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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PROVERB

DON'T SKID YOUR SPARE TIRE.

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; AUTOMOBILE ; PRECAUTION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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DOOR LOCKS ON INSIDE

THE DOOR LOCKS FROM THE INSIDE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): PRECAUTION?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

NIP IT IN THE BUD

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD DOES NOT CONTAIN LOCATION ITEM WAS COLLECTED OR
THE COLLECTOR'S ADDRESS

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PRECAUTION ; SYMBOL ; VEGETATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BLASON POPULAIRE

ON TURNPIKES THERE ARE LONG BUMPS ACROSS THE ROAD TO SLOW
MOTORISTS DOWN. THESE ARE CALLED CHINESE STOP SIGNS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION ; PRECAUTION ; SAFETY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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It is very unlucky to purchase Tarot Cards; they must be
given to you. Once someone gives them to you, you must wrap
them in silk and then place them in a satin bag for storage.
If you do not store them in this manner, they will bring you bad luck. You may only give the Tarot cards to someone who
really wants them.

Submitter comment: Elinor found out about these proscriptions regarding Tarot
cards when she casually mentioned to an acquaintance that she
was interested in buying some. The woman became alarmed that
Elinor might bring bad luck upon herself, and so gave her
the set which she owned, and instructed her in the proper
(safe) way to store them. Elinor was careful to follow the
instructions.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Keyword(s): occult, magic, precaution

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 00001960S

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On Halloween night, put a bucket of sand or a broom
outside your door. If a soul comes by and wants to
harm you, it will have to count every grain of sand
or broom bristle first. By the time that the spirit
has done this, it would be daytime and it would have
to go back where it came from.

Submitter comment: This story was told to Maryann by her Italian father,
who heard it from his grandfather.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Keyword(s): ghost, precaution, All Souls' Day

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection

Date learned: 00001930S

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