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(BLANK) IS A FRIEND OF MINE.
HE RESEMBLES FRANKENSTEIN.
WHEN HE DOES THE IRISH JIG,
HE LOOKS JUST LIKE PORKY PIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSULT DANCING ; PORKY PIG=WALT DISNEY CHARACTER IN MOVIES ; QUATRAIN RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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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PROVERB

CENSORSHIP IS LIKE AN APPENDIX. WHEN INERT IT IS USELESS, WHEN
ACTIVE IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; EPIGRAM

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THAI PROVERB

NEVER TRUST A COBRA, AN ELEPHANT IN HEAT, OR A LOVING WIFE

Where learned: THAILAND

Keyword(s): EPIGRAMS

James Callow Keyword(s): REPTILE ANIMALS ; SUSPICION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
HOFFMAN
HOFFMAN WHO?
I'LL HOFFMAN I'LL PUFF AND I'LL BLOW YER HOUSE IN

Submitter comment: GEORGETOWN U. FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): NAME ; THREE LITTLE PIGS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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IN THE INCREASE OF THE MOON, CRACKLING(S) WILL NOT COOK OUT
GOOD, BUT IN THE DECREASE THEY WILL COOK OUT GOOD. IF YOU
DON'T KILL HOGS AT THE RIGHT TIME, THE CRACKLING(S) WILL BE
PUFFY AND YOU CAN'T COOK THE GREASE OUT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Keyword(s): HOG FAT PIG FAT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED, PUT A PENNY IN HE POT EVERYTIME YOU
MAKE LOVE THE FIRST YEAR. AFTER THAT YEAR, TAKE A PENNY
OUT OF THE POT EVERYTIME YOU MAKE LOVE. YOU NEVER GET
ALL THE PENNIES OUT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): PIGGY BANK SAVINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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Belief: Animal

The Pig's Look:

In Haiti, if walking down the street at midnight, one spy's a pig; he looks and runs the other way, for if the eyes of the pig meet yours simultaneously, you will immediately be transformed into a pig.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; ETHNIC ; Haiti ; Haitian ; MAGIC ; Pig ; TRANSFORMATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Language

Tongue Twister:

I'm not a fig plucker, nor a fig pluckers son, but I'll pluck figs till a fig plucker comes.

Submitter comment:

Said as fast as possible and repeated until subject is thoroughly confused.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S570] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

The words Taste? and Verse? are written across the top of the card. The word Verse?  is then crossed out.

Keyword(s): Fig ; GAME ; Language ; Pig ; RHYME ; Swear ; SWEARING ; TONGUE TWISTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
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Proverb

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V500] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): BEAUTY ; Ear ; Pig ; Purse ; Silk ; Sow ; UGLINESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Old Proverb:

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Submitter comment:

Informant's grandmother says this quite often.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BEAUTY ; Improvement ; Pig ; Purse ; Silk ; Sow ; UGLINESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Retort

When someone burps, reply to him:

"Excuse the hog, the pig just left."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Burp ; COMEBACK ; Hog ; INSULT ; MANNERS ; Pig ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Lepszy wrobel w garsci, niz go tab na dachu.

Better to have a sparrow in the hand than a pigeon on the roof.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ;

James Callow Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRD ; ETHNIC ; Grateful ; Hand ; Maxim ; Pigeon ; POLISH ; PROVERB ; Roof ; Sparrow ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BEAUTY ; Ear ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; Pig ; PROVERB ; Purse ; Silk ; Sow ; Superficial ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

I love you little

I love you big

I love you like a little pig.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Big ; Little ; LOVE ; Pig ; Piglet ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Food: Recipe

Cracklin-Bread:

Take hog skins and render in a hot oven. Pour off the grease. Put through a grinder and season cornbread with it. Bake in hot oven.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bake ; BREAD ; COOK ; Cornbread ; Cracklin ; Fat ; FOOD ; Grease ; Hog ; Pig ; RECIPE ; SKIN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal

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PEOPLE USED TO CLIP THEIR HOGS' EARS TO IDENTIFY THEM.
THE RESPONDENT'S MOTHER WATCHED SOME HOGS BEING SO
MARKED WHILE SHE WAS PREGNANT, AND THE RESPONDENT WAS
BORN WITH ONE CLIPPED EAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Born ; Clip ; EARS ; Hog ; Pig ; PREGNANCY ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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WART CURE:
RUB IT WITH A PEELED APPLE AND GIVE THE APPLE TO A PIG.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Apple ; BELIEF ; CURE ; Peeled ; Pig ; Wart

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-30-1973

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WHAT DO YOU CALL FOUR POLACK GIRLS IN A MUD PUDDLE?
THE BAY OF PIGS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bay of Pigs ; ETHNIC SLUR ; JOKE ; POLISH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: 04-00-1972

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BLOOD SAUSAGE

IN RURAL BULGARIA, AFTER A LOG HAS BEEN PLACED IN THE LARGE FIREPLACE
THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS THE MAKING OF BLOOD SAUSAGE IS BEGUN. A
PIG IS SLAUGHTERED AND SAUSAGE IS MADE FROM ITS BLOOD NO LATER
THAN 12:00 MIDNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY. THE SAUSAGE CANNOT
BE EATEN BEFORE MIDNIGHT, BUT AFTER THIS EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE
FEASTS.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS CUSTOM IN BULGARIA.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: HENDRICKSONS PHARMACY ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BLOOD ; Bulgaria ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; holiday ; Pig ; Sausage ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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