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Proverb

Familiarity breeds contempt

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Contempt ; Familiar ; Familiarity ; Hatred ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Relationship ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together

Submitter comment:

Informant heard this in Norwalk, Ohio as well as in MI.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V880] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRDS ; Feather ; FRIENDS ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Relationship ; Similar ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Blood is thicker than water.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BLOOD ; FAMILY ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Relationships ; VERSE ; WATER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together.

Submitter comment:

Variations:

SEE DORSON: BUYING THE WIND No. 1809

If you travel with wolves, you've got to howl with them. When in Rome do as the Romans do; If you travel in fast company, you've got to keep step or drop out; Do as the rest do.  p.142

 

I have heard this provrb from my mother and other people since childhood.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRDS ; Feather ; Flock ; FRIENDSHIP ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Relationship ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

If you lay down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.

Submitter comment:

The informant warns many female teens to be careful about freely engaging in sex because they may wind up "caught" (pregnant). She says this all the time.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out, Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Company ; Dogs ; Fleas ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Relationships ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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BELIEF

IF SOMEONE LOANS YOU A NEEDLE, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO
PAY THEM A PENNY OR ELSE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ENEMIES.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): ; BELIEF ; enemies ; Lend ; MONEY ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): HOSTILITY

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

Date learned: 02-17-1972

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BELIEF

DO NOT GIVE ANY SHARP OBJECTS,(SCISSORS, KNIVES, ETC.)
AS A GIFT. YOU WILL SEVER YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH THAT PERSON.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS VERY DEVOUT IN THIS BELIEF.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; Relationship ; Sever ; Sharp ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; HOSTILITY

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

Date learned: 02-12-1972

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SUPERSTITION ABOUT SCISSORS (POLISH)

POLISH BELIEF. YOU MUST NEVER HAND A PAIR OF SCISSORS OR A KNIFE
TO A PERSON. BECAUSE THIS WILL SEVER THE FRIENDSHIP. YOU LAY
THEM DOWN ON A TABLE AND LET THE OTHER PERSON PICK THEM UP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; m Friendship ; Relationship ; Sever ; Sharp ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; HOSTILITY

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

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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NEVER GIVE OR ACCEPT ANYTHING SHARP OR POINTED TO A FRIEND
BECAUSE IT WILL SEVER THE RELATIONS WITH THAT PERSON.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FRIENDSHIP ; Object ; Relationship ; Sever ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; HOMEOPATHIC

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

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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BELIEF

THE RECIPIENT OF A KNIFE AS A GIFT MUST PAY SOME
TOKEN AMOUNT FOR IT, OR IT WILL CUT THE FRIENDSHIP.

Submitter comment:

SYLVIA COLLECTED THIS FROM HER SISTER WHO IN TURN
LEARNED IT AT THE NURSES LOUNGE AT BEAUMONT HOSPITAL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

Beaumont Hospital is located in Royal Oak, MI

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cut ; FRIENDSHIP ; KNIFE ; Payment ; Relationship ; Sever ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL ; Token

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

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

Date learned: 09-23-1967

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DATING SUPERSTITION

INFORMANT'S FATHER ALWAYS TOLD HER WHEN YOUR BOY FRIEND LETS YOU
WALK ON THE OUTSIDE PART OF THE WALK, HE DOESN'T WANT YOU
ANY MORE, AND ANYONE CAN TAKE YOU. HE HAS ALWAYS KIDDED
HER ABOUT THIS.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CHIVALRY ; Relationship ; SIDEWALK ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIVALRY ; DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-08-1971

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN YOU ARE IN A CAR, AND GOING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS,
YOU MUST PUT YOUR HAND FLAT AGAINST THE ROOF OF THE CAR, OR
YOU WILL LOSE YOUR SEX APPEAL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Car ; Relationships ; SEX ; SUPERSTITION ; Train

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P533: P533:.21
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-02-1971

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SUPERSTITION

IF A GIRL IS GOING OVER A RAILROAD TRACK IN A CAR, SHE SHOULD
LIFT HER FEET UP WHILE GOING OVER, OR ELSE SHE WILL BREAK
UP WITH THE GUY SHE IS GOING WITH.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GILBERTS LOUNGE ; HARPER

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Car ; Car ; RAILROAD ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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BELIEF

IF A MAN WALKS ON THE INSIDE OF THE WALK, IT MEANS THAT
THE GIRL HE IS WITH IS FOR SALE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CHIVALRY ; Girlfriend ; Relationship ; SIDEWALK ; SUPERSTITION ; Walk

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIVALRY ; DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1970

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LOSS OF A SWEETHEART

IF YOU ARE RIDING OVER TRACKS, (WHETHER THEY ARE TRAIN TRACKS
OR STREETCAR TRACKS) RAISE YOUR FEET OFF THE GROUND. IF YOU
DO NOT, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR PRESENT SWEETHEART.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION ; Sweetheart ; Tracks

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

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SHARP ITEM

NEVER GIVE A SHARP OR POINTED ITEM TO A FRIEND IT WILL
SEVER YOUR FRIENDSHIP. MAKE YOUR FRIEND PAY FOR IT, EVEN IF
IT IS ONLY A PENNY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; GIFT ; MONEY ; Relationship ; Sever ; Sharp ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

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

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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IF YOU RAISE YOUR HANDS TO YOUR PARENTS, WHEN YOU DIE YOUR
HANDS WILL COME OUT OF THE GROUND AND EVERYONE WILL STEP ON
THEM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): Aggression ; ANGER ; BELIEF ; BURIAL ; DEATH ; Parent ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION ; THREAT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; PARENTAL RESPECT ; RETRIBUTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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PLANT BELIEF

IF A PLANT THAT WAS GIVEN TO YOU BY A FRIEND DIES, THEN
THE FRIENDSHIP DIES, TEND BOTH WELL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Botany ; DEATH ; fortune ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; PLANT ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION ; WISDOM

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; HOMEOPATHIC ; Positive

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

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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CAR BELIEF

IF A GIRL IS RIDING IN A CAR AND IT CROSSES OVER RAILROAD
TRACKS, SHE MUST LIFT UP HER FEET OR SHE WILL NOT GET MARRIED.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS ATTITUDE WAS QUITE SKEPTICAL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FEET ; OMEN ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION ; Tracks

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; DISBELIEF ; POSITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WALKING

WHEN WALKING WITH SOMEONE NEVER LET A POLE OR ANY
OTHER BARRIER COME BETWEEN THE TWO PEOPLE. BOTH PEOPLE MUST
GO AROUND THE SAME SIDE OF THE BARRIER OR SOME BARRIER WILL
COME BETWEEN THEIR PERSONAL FRIENDSHIP.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS AUNT DOES THIS AND INFORMANT HAS BEEN WITH HER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BARRIER ; BELIEF ; OMEN ; Relationship ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; WALKING

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; HOMEOPATHIC ; POSITION

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

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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