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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

AN OLD SAYING TO EXPRESS DISGUST OVER A NICE THING
BEING RUINED BY NEGLECT IS CALLED
PUTTING A TUXEDO ON A HOG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ANIMAL ; CLOTHING ; CONTRAST ; INCONGRUITY

James Callow Keyword(s): COVER UP: SURFACE DRESSING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-10-1968

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DROPPING CANDY

WHEN A KID DROPS SOME CANDY OR FOOD ON THE FLOOR OR GROUND, BY
STUMPING HIS LEFT FOOT AND SAYING ALOUD, "GOD KISS IT,"
THE CANDY OR FOOD CAN BE EATEN WITHOUT FEAR OF DIRT OR GERMS MAKING
THEM ILL.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THE SAME BELIEF IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (EXCLUDING THE
PART ABOUT STAMPING ONE'S FOOT); I HAVE ALSO RECENTLY HEARD
THIS BELIEF IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI

James Callow Keyword(s): DISINFECT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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CUSTOM FESTIVAL

ERNTENDANK FEST IS COMPARABLE TO AMERICA'S THANKSGIVING. IT IS
NOT CELEBRATED NATION WIDE ON THE SAME DAY HOWEVER. IN BAD NAUHEIM
IT IS CELEBRATED ON THE FIRST SUNDAY IN OCTOBER. VARIANTS WOULD
OCCUR IN DIFFERENT CITIES DEPENDING UPON THE HARVEST TIME.
RELIGIOUS ASPECT -- WHEAT, RYE, ETC. ARE BROUGHT TO CHURCH TO BE
BLESSED TO PRAY FOR BETTER CROPS NEXT YEAR.
FESTIVE ASPECT -- ADULTS ARE IN THE RESTAURANT DANCING AND THE
CHILDREN ARE ENJOYING A SMALL SCALE FAIR WITH A MERRY-GO-ROUND.
EATING -- THE NORMAL MEAL INCLUDES FRANKFURTERS, SAUERKRAUT, AND
APPLE TURNS ( TURN-OVERS ?).

Submitter comment: MEMORIES OF HOMELAND GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BLESSING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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CUSTOM

PLACES OF BUSINESS USUALLY SAVE THE FIRST DOLLAR THEY HAVE MADE AS A
BUSINESS. THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK. THIS PRACTICE IS DONE IN
MANY STORES

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): BUSINESS MONEY GOOD LUCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

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MARKET DAY IN KERRY

AT THE MARKET IN KERRY, WHEN TWO FARMERS EXCHANGE BUSINESS
THEY BARGAIN A LOT. THE FARMER WHO IS BUYING THE CATTLE TENDS
TO FIND ALL KINDS OF FAULTS WITH THE CATTLE. THE GAME IS TO FIND
WEAKNESSES IN THE OTHER MAN'S CRAFT IN RAISING CATTLE.
THE MORE "BITING" THE FARMER IS THE BETTER CATTLE_MAN HE IS.
WHEN ALL THE INSULTS ARE OVER AND THE OWNER OF THE CATTLE KNOWS
THAT "HIS MAN" IS INTERESTED,
HE GETS REALLY TOUGH AS REGARDS PRICES.
HE NEVER LOOKS AT THE BUYER IN THE FACE, BUT AWAY FROM HIM AND
SOME OTHER INTERESTING THINGS THAT HE IMAGINES HE SEES.
THE LESS HE LOOKS AT THE BUYER, THE MORE ANXIOUS HE IS TO SELL, AND
THE BUYER KNOWS THIS. BARGAINING CAN GO ON FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS.
WHEN THE DEAL IS CLOSED AND THE MONEY IS PAID, THE SELLER ALWAYS
GIVES BACK A LITTLE PER CENT OF THE PRICE FOR GOOD LUCK AND
FRIENDSHIP. THEN BOTH MEN GO INTO A PUB FOR A COUPLE OF DRINKS AND
A MAN_TO_MAN CHAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK, FRIENDSHIP BUSINESS ; IRELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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RIDDLE QUESTION

WHAT'S BLACK OUTSIDE AND WHITE INSIDE?
DEARBORN

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM CLASSMATE AT ST. ALPHONOUS
HIGH SCHOOL IN DEARBORN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; EXCLUSION OF BLACKS FROM DEARBORN, MICHIGAN HOUSING ; RACE SEGREGATION ; SATIRE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 09-27-1967

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GREY HAIRS

"EVERY GREY HAIR REPRESENTS A SIN OF THE PERSON WHO HAS IT.
THIS IS PARTICULARLY INDICATIVE WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE GREY HAIR.
PEOPLE WHO DYE THEIR HAIR SHOULD'NT BE TRUSTED.
THEY ARE PROBABLY DECEITFUL ABOUT OTHER THINGS."

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): DECEIT ; SIN

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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AN ITALIAN FOOD

UNRAISED BREAD MADE WITH CORN MEAL, RAISENS, AND THE CRACKLINGS
LEFT OVER WHEN YOU RENDER LARD.

Submitter comment: WHEN IT GETS OLD YOU CAN KNOCK OUT THE SIDE OF A BARN WITH IT,
ACCORDING TO MRS. GARAZZO.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; RAISINS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

MAY THE ROAD RISE TO MEET YOU,
MAY THE WIND BE ALWAYS AT YOUR BACK,
MAY THE SUN SHINE WARM UPON YOUR FACE,
AND THE RAINS FALL SOFT UPON YOUR FIELDS.
AND UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN,
MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.

Submitter comment: PERHAPS THE MOST WIDELY QUOTED IRISH VERSE IN THE UNITED STATES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; INITIAL ITERATION ; PRAYER ; RHYME: ABCDEF NO RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.322
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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LEMMIE KISHA

WHAT IS YOUR NAME, LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMMIE.
LEMMIE WHAT, LITTLE BOY?
LEMMIE KISHA.

WHAT IS YOUR NAME, LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS IDA.
IDA WHAT, LITTLE GIRL?
IDA WONNA.

WHAT IS YOUR NAME, LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMMIE.
LEMMIE WHAT, LITTLE BOY?
LEMMIE KISHA.

WHAT IS YOUR NAME, LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS OSHKA.
OSHKA WHAT, LITTLE GIRL?
OSHKA MAMA.

WHAT IS YOUR NAME, LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMMIE.
LEMMIE WHAT, LITTLE BOY?
LEMMIE KISHA.

WHAT IS YOUR NAME, LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS ALLIE.
OLLIE WHAT, LITTLE GIRL?
OLLIE RIGHT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): KISSING ; PUNS ON NAMES

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

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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PEPSI COLA

PEPSI COLA HITS THE SPOT
THE MAN WHO MAKES IT SHOULD BE SHOT
TASTES LIKE VINEGAR
LOOKS LIKE INK
POUR IT DOWN THE KITCHEN SINK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY OF ADVERTISING JINGLE ; SODA POP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

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RHYME OF MOCKERY

SUSIE AND JOHNNY SITTING IN A TREE, MM
K-I-S-S-I-N-G. MM
FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MARRIAGE,/
THEN COMES JOHNNY WITH THE BABY CARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: ALWAYS SUNG AS A TYPE OF MOCKERY AND KIDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIRE SHORES, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; KISSING ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

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LOVE MAKING

IT WAS MIDNIGHT ON THE BACK PORCH
TWO LIPS WERE TIGHTLY PRESSED
THE OLD_MAN GAVE THE SIGNAL
THE BULL DOG DID THE REST.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; KISSING ; RHYME: ABCB ; SLANG FOR FATHER

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

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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TULIPS (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; TRANSLATIONS, PLAY ON WORDS, SYMBOL WRITING (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

TULIPS IN THE GARDEN/ TULIPS IN THE PARK
BUT THE TULIPS I LIKE BEST/ ARE THE TWO-LIPS IN THE DARK.

Submitter comment: UNTITLED AUTOGRAPH BOOK ASSEMBLED BY SHIRLEY POPPERT WITH
ENTRIES DATED JUNE, 1952

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INDIRECTION ; PUN ; QUATRAIN FLOWERS KISSING ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1952 ; 07-00-1964

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SUPERSITITION (COLLECTOR,S TITLE)

ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS THINGS TO DO IS PASS SOMEONE ON THE STAIRS.
IF SOMEONE IS COMING UP AND YOU ARE GOING DOWN OR VICE-VERSA IN
ORDER TO WARD OFF BAD LUCK YOU MUST COUNT TO TEN BEFORE YOU PASS.
THE SAME HOLDS TRUE IF YOU ARE GOING IN THE SAME DIRECTION.
NEVER PASSING ANYONE ON THE STAIRS MIGHT HAVE BEN VERY GOOD ADVICE.
IF THAT PERSON WAS CARRYING SOMETHING HEAVY OR IN SOME WAY OBSTRUCT-
ING PASSAGE. HOWEVER IT HAS GROWN TO BE A VERY STRONG SUPERSTITION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHANGE IN LUCK FROM BAD TO GOOD (IN PASSING ON STAIRWAY).

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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YOU HAVE AS MANY CLOTHES AS CARTER HAS PILLS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THIS WHENEVER MY MOTHER BUYS NEW CLOTHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVERTISING ; CARTER'S LITTLE LIVER PILLS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN PUTTING ON MY SOCKS TO PLAY IN A SPORT, THE SOCK
WITH THE LABELLING GOES ON THE RIGHT FOOT. IF THE LA-
BELLING HAS FADED AWAY, THE BETTER CONDITIONED SOCK
GOES ON THE RIGHT FOOT. I'M RIGHT-HANDED AND I BELIEVE
THIS WILL BRING ME GOOD LUCK. RECENTLY, I HAVE STARTED
THIS TREND IN MY EVERYDAY MANNERISMS.

Submitter comment: I SEE THIS AS BRINGING ME GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): DRESSING ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: CA00001973

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PROVERB

GO TO BED LATE, STAY VERY SMALL
GO TO BED EARLY, GROW VERY TALL.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHESIS ; RISING AND RETIRING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 07-17-1964

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AUTOGRAPH INSCRIPTION

BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF GREY,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND TURN AWAY.
BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND TURN YOU DOWN.
BUT LOVE THE BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Submitter comment: UNDATED ENTRY IN KATHY CRACCHIOLO'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN
ST. CLAIR SHORES, MICHIGAN IN 1968.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; KISSING ; OBSERVATION ; RHYME AA BB CC ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Cynical insight

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING
AND THE EARTH NO MORE YOU TROD;
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN
IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS WRITTEN IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF
COLETTE BY A SCHOOLMATE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; CHARM ; PIOUS ; PREPARATION FOR DEATH ; RHYME ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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