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NON ORAL RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS THIS? .
A: A GHOST WITH A CINDER IN HIS EYE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (Q) ; PERSONS (A) ; VISUAL

James Callow Keyword(s): VISUAL RIDDLE -- PERIOD OR DOT ON PAPER

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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PROVERB

IN WHOM WISDOM IS, IN HIM IS EVERYTHING; IN WHOM IT IS NOT, WHAT HAS
HE? HE WHO HAS ACQUIRED IT, WHAT DOES HE LACK? IN WHOM IT IS NOT,
WHAT HAS HE ACQUIRED?

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: THINKS FROM HER FATHER AS A SMALL GIRL.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PARK RIDGE

Keyword(s): WISDOM, CONTRAST, REPITITION

James Callow Keyword(s): PERIODIC SENTENCE ; RHETORICAL QUESTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Menstrual

Menstrual:

Pickling: you can't pickle beans or make kraut while on your period or it will ruin.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P535] crossed out.

Submission card found in pile marked [?]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Canning ; COOKING ; FOOD ; MENSES ; MENSTRUATION ; Period ; Pickling ; TABU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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Language

"grandma's visit" is another term for menstrual period.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; Grandma ; Language ; Menstrual ; MENSTRUATION ; Nickname ; Period ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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MENSTRUAL BELIEF-WINE PREPARATION

WHEN WE MADE WINE IN THE OLD COUNTRY, IF A WOMAN
WHO HAD HER MENSTRUAL PERIOD CAME AROUND OR WAS NEAR THE PLACE
WHERE THE WINE WAS BEING MADE, THE WINE WOULD ALWAYS GO SOUR.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT WAS A FIRM BELIEVER IN THIS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): Feminist ; Grapes ; MENSTRUATION ; Period ; Sour ; Wine ; Woman

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

Date learned: 01-24-1972

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MENSTRUATION BELIEF

A WOMAN WHO IS GOING THROUGH HER MENSTRUATION SHOULD NOT DO
ANY CANNING OF TOMATOES. WHEN A WOMAN CANS WHEN SHE IS THIS WAY,
ALL THE CANS WILL BURST OF OVER ACIDITY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Canning ; Feminism ; FOOD ; Legend ; Lore ; MENSTRUATION ; Period ; SUPERSTITION

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

Date learned: 03-04-1972

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