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PROVERB

ONE WHO TRIES TO HIDE HIS SICKNESS DIES FROM IT

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; TAYLOR

Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; MEDICINE

James Callow Keyword(s): MEDICAL TREATMENT ; SECRETIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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OFF COLOR JOKE

A SECRETARY CAME TO WORK ONE MORNING AND INFORMED HER BOSS
THAT SHE HAD A NEW POSITION. "GOOD", HE SAYS, "LETS TRY IT}"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; MISUNDERSTANDING ; SECRETARY ; SEX ; WORD PLAY ; WORK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Date learned: 10-03-1971

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Pig Latin was a language used in the prison culture by
prisoners to communicate with each other without the guards
understanding them. It consisted of taking the first letter of a
word and placing it at the end of the word and placing the phrase
either ofay or omay throughout the rest of the sentence.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): secret language

Subject headings: SPEECH -- S000

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The Ant and the Grasshopper

All day long all through the warm days of summer, a green
grasshopper went happily about. Whenever the grasshopper was
thirsty, he would sip nectar from any plant he saw. One
afternoon, as the grasshopper was leaping from flower to flower,
he saw beneath him a little black ant struggling to carry a fat
leaf bigger than himself. "Little friend," said the grasshopper,
"What are you doing down there?" "Why, I am carrying this leaf
off to my nest. I must fill my nest with food to last through
winter." "Winter?" said the grasshopper. "Who cares about
winter? Why don't you climb up to this flower and enjoy its
sweet nectar? Winter will take care of itself." "That isn't the
way things work in this world," said the ant. "Winter will be
here soon. The flowers will be gone, and there will be nothing
to eat." "Well, suit yourself," said the grasshopper. And off
he went, singing happily and having no cares at all. The ant
returned to carry each leaf, but he did not mind. He knew he
would have enough to last the winter. Soon the cold weather
came. The ant was snug in his
nest with plenty of food to eat. The grasshopper? He had
nothing to eat and soon was no more. A WISE PERSON KNOWS THAT
SUMMER DOES NOT LAST FOREVER.

Submitter comment: My informant remembers reading this fable in Aesop.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Keyword(s): Nectar = A sweet liquid secreted by plants

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 11-00-1991

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Language

Slang Expressions:

Op Yop Talk. It's a slang expression which I recently learned. All the letters of the alphabet except the vowels (a,e,i,o,u) and you put an OP at the end of the letter. Such as: STOP - you would say in Op Talk: Sop Top O Pop

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Motifs and BN added by TRD

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Language ; SECRET ; SLANG ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary

James Callow Keyword(s): Slang Expressions

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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FRED SALMON OF STAUTON, VIRGINIA IS FAMOUS FOR HIS
WART CURING. HE TAKES THE PERSON INTO A ROOM AND THEY
MUST PROMISE NOT TO REPEAT WHAT HE SAYS OR IT WILL NOT
WORK. HOWEVER, THE WARTS MUST GO FROM ONE PERSON TO
ANOTHER, SAYS MR. SALMON.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CURE ; REMEDY ; SECRET ; TRANSFER ; Wart

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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BLACK POWER HANDSHAKE

SECRETE

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): SECRET

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions Victory Peace

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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Yellow Ribbon

This is a story about John and Jane. They lived next door to each other, went to school together, and loved each other very much. John was a normal happy boy and Jane was a happy girl who always wore a yellow ribbon . Jane kept answering "perhaps some day I'll tell you."

Time went by, and John and Jane were engaged. Jane told John she would tell him about the ribbon on their wedding day. On their wedding day, they forgot about the yellow ribbon. Next day, however, John asked why she wore it again. She replied that they were happily married so what difference does it make?

Time went by and it was their golden anniversary and John asked about the ribbon again. Jane asked him to wait a little longer since he has waited so long already. Finally, Jane became very ill and was dying. John asked again to please tell him why she wore the yellow ribbon.

"All right," said Jane. "You can untie it." So John untied the yellow ribbon and Jane's head fell off.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Numbers [B600 B642] are crossed outand B667.1 is substituted.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Myself

Keyword(s): Anniversary ; BEHEADING ; BODY ; CURIOSITY ; Curious ; DEATH ; DECAPITATION ; DYING ; HEAD ; LOVE ; MARRIAGE ; Neighbors ; SECRET ; Yellow Ribbon

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

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REALLY REALLY OLD GREASY RAG, AND PUT TWO WALNUTS IN IT. WHOEVER HAS THE WARTS MUST CARRY IT IN POCKET FOR TWO DAYS.
THEN AFTER THE DAYS, BURY IT DEEP IN GROUND AND CAN'T
TELL A SOUL WHERE YOU HID IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Bury ; CURE ; Grease ; Rag ; REMEDY ; SECRET ; Walnuts ; Wart

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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