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Etymology

Origin of name:

Cornersville, TN gets its name from the fact that it is located in the corner of four counties.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Cornersville, Counties ; ETYMOLOGY ; Language ; NAME ; Origin ; REGIONAL ; Tennessee ; WORD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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LEAVE TAKING

IN THE SOUTH, THE PEOPLE WERE WARMER AND MORE
DEMONSTRATIVE, THAT WHEN PEOPLE WERE READY TO
LEAVE FOR HOME, THEY WOULD KISS EVERYONE IN THE
HOUSE GOODBYE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REGIONALISM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Love Affection
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: 10-12-1970

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Superstition: Animals

Turtles:

A belief in N.E. [New England?] states that if a snapping turtle bites you, it will hang on to you till the full moon and it will then let go.

Submitter comment:

I learned this from an old Fisherman.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P600, P752] crossed out. Replaced with Current Classification

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Bite ; Full Moon ; New England ; Region ; Snap ; SUPERSTITION ; Turtle

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Belief: Animal

The Hoop Snake:

It is believed that a certain snake in the Southwest, the hoop snake, can travel by rgabbing its tail in its mouth and rolling like a hoop.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Collector last name possibilities: Ston, Stan, Star, Stor, Stair, Stain, Stoin, Stoir.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Hoop ; REGIONAL ; Serpent ; Snake ; Southwest ; SUPERSTITION ; TRAVEL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Belief: Animal

Belief About Snakes:

In many parts of Mexico and South America the snake serves as a symbol of fertility.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ETHNIC ; FERTILITY ; Mexican ; MEXICO ; REGIONAL ; Serpent ; SIGN ; Snake ; SOUTH AMERICA ; South American ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Proverb

Pennsylvania Dutch Proverb:

Girls with fat cheeks have hearts like flint.

Submitter comment:

Heard in Steelton, PA. about 1920.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Comparison?

Original BN [V200 : 700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cheeks ; DUTCH ; Emotions ; ETHNIC ; Fat ; Female ; FLINT ; Girl ; HEART ; LOVE ; PENNSYLVANIA ; Region

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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Language

FLAT ROCK IS CALLED BY DOWNRIVER PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIVE IN FLAT ROCK
LEVEL PEBBLE.

Submitter comment:

JUST RECENTLY.

A TOWN SOME 25 MILES SOUTH OO DETROIT, MICHIGAN.; FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN; THIS ITEM REFERS TO FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN,

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD 02-22-2011

James Callow comment:

INCOMPLETE COMMENT?
CN[ PARTIPILO, FRANK 720870
C1[ 14909 STONEHAM
C2[ RIVERVIEW, MICHIGAN 48192
CO[ JUST RECENTLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Keyword(s): Flat ; Language ; Level ; MICHIGAN ; Nickname ; Pebble ; Region ; REGIONAL ; Rock ; SLANG ; STATE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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Proverb

We grow too soon old and too late schmart!

Submitter comment:

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC ; Late ; Maxim ; Old ; PENNSYLVANIA ; Pennsylvania Dutch ; PROVERB ; REGIONAL ; Smart ; VERSE ; Wise ; Young

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Good cookin' lasts, kissin' don't.

Submitter comment:

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COOK ; COOKING ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC ; KISS ; KISSING ; MARRIAGE ; Maxim ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PROVERB ; REGIONAL ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Language

In some country places stepping into cow manure is called "cutting your foot."

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): Colloquialism ; COUNTRY ; Cow ; Cutting ; Foot ; MANURE ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; Step ; Term

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Language

I have heard North Hall referred to as "Menopause Manor" the reason being that there are quite a few older residents in the dorm.

Submitter comment:

North Hall of Vanderbilt University

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): AGE ; Dormitory ; Female ; Language ; Manor ; Menopause ; Nickname ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; University ; Vanderbilt ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary ; WOMEN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

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Language

Many people in middle Tenn. speak of living in the "Bible Belt" of the state because churches are so prominent.

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): Belt ; BIBLE ; CHURCH ; COUNTRY ; Language ; Nickname ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; STATE ; Tennessee ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Language

In the summer of 1816 there were frosts during each of the summer months in Hyde Park Vt. and much of the surrounding area. These frosts during the summer months discouraged many of the local farmers who abandoned their farms and moved westward. During the summer of 1816 a poem was written which is often recalled by Vermonters and printed in Vermont newspapers when the summers are unusually cool. The poem discourages people from leaving the area. the poem says:

"Moses saud we are to inhabit all the world, warmer climates lead to more vices, one doesn't change wives because of a wrinkle or farms because of a cold summer.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

Where learned: New York Folklore Quarterly ; Fitch Against Immigration

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Chill ; FARMING ; Frost ; HARVEST ; Hyde Park ; Language ; Moses ; poem ; Region ; SEASON ; Summer ; Summer ; Vermont ; WINTER ; Wives ; Wrinkle

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time

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Religion

An extremely grim account of religious confraternities in New Mexico and Colorado which practice self-flagellation and other penitent practices, especially on Good Friday.

The article explores the history behind and classifies different types of Muerte (death images) which are pulled on carts by penitents.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: Journal of American Folklore ; The Origin of the Penitence Death Cart

Keyword(s): Colorado ; CUSTOM ; DEATH ; Flagellation ; Images ; Inflicted ; Muerte ; New Mexico ; REGIONAL ; RELIGION ; Self

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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Environmental Factor

Background and Environmental Factors:

Bottle Pinnacle, Wyoming - rare name - named for its shape.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; American Place Names

Keyword(s): Background ; Bottle ; ENVIRONMENT ; ETYMOLOGY ; Nickname ; Pinnacle ; REGIONAL ; SHAPE ; Topographical ; Wyoming

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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Elves

Idea tht elves come in when no one is about to do household chores, etc. -Ireland

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Chores ; Clean ; Cultural ; Domestic ; Elves ; ETHNIC ; FANTASY ; IRELAND ; MYTH ; REGIONAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

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Prose Narrative Tale

Prose Narrative Tale:

Folktale of New England -- The Gingerbread Man.

Children's story of a runaway cookie including repeated theme: "rubn, run, as fast as you can. Can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread man."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Bookhouse Volume One

Keyword(s): CATCH ; CHILDREN ; Cookie ; Fast ; Gingerbread ; Gingerbread Man ; Legend ; Narrative ; New England ; Prose ; REGIONAL ; Run ; Tale

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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Saying

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying:

Throw papa down the stairs his hats

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): DUTCH ; Hat ; Papa ; PENNSYLVANIA ; REGIONAL ; Saying ; Stairs

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Saying

Northern Maine Saying:

A direction - Go down the road a piece and then tilt toward tilly.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: MAINE ; Houlton

Keyword(s): DIRECTIONS ; Maine ; REGIONAL ; Road ; Saying ; STATE ; Tilly ; Turn

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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NEW ENGLAND FOOD

A TRADITION AT CHRISTMAS IS ALWAYS A MEAT PIE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; FOOD ; meat ; New England ; Pie ; Region ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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