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POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

THE FAMILY ALWAYS SETS AN EXTRA PLACE AT THE TABLE FOR THE
CHRISTMAS MEAL IN CASE ANYONE COMES IN NEED OF FOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHARITY HOSPITALITY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: 10-10-1974

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POLISH PROVERB

GOSC W DOMU; BOG W DOMU. TRANSLATION: GUEST IN THE HOUSE; GOD IN
THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; HOSPITALITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-10-1974

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IF SOMEONE SWEEPS YOUR FEET SPIT ON THE BROOM AND SAY YOUR NAME.
IT WILL KEEP YOU FROM GOING TO JAIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGICAL PROPERTIES OF SPIT ; NAME MAGIC ; PREVENTIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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EASTER DAY

THE FOOD THAT WAS BLESSED ON SATURDAY MUST BE EATEN FOR BREAKFAST.
IT MUST INCLUDE HORSERADISH TO REPRESENT THE BURNING LIQUID GIVEN
CHRIST WHILE HE HUNG ON THE CROSS. THE REMAINING FOOD SHOULD BE
SHARED WITH THE DAY'S VISITORS SO THAT IT IS FINISHED ON SUNDAY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): CHARITY, HOSPITALITY ; FAMILY UNITY ; FOOD CUSTOM ; SWIECZONKA ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

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A REMEDY

TO HEAL A BURN, PUT SALIVA ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SPITTLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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POLISH TRADITION

ON CHRISTMAS EVE POLISH ALWAYS LEAVE AN EXTRA PLACE SETTING AT
THE TABLE IN CASE A STRANGER SHOULD HAPPEN BY.
IF THIS DOES HAPPEN YOU MUST INVITE THIS STRANGER IN TO YOUR HOME
FOR DINNER.

Submitter comment: ONE TIME THIS HAPPENED TO US AND WE ENDED
UP WITH A KITTEN FOR THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): HOSPITALITY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Table setting and clearing

Date learned: 02-22-1979

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PROVERB

POLISH: BO'G WDOMU, GOSE' WDOMN. TRANSLATION: GOD AT HOME, GUESTS AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; HOSPITALITY? ; PARALLELISM

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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POLISH PROVERB

A GUEST IN THE HOUSE IS GOD IN THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOSPITALITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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THE TWO NURSES

TWO NURSES, ONE UGLY THE OTHER VOLUPTUAS, WERE THE BEST OF
FRIENDS. ONE DAY THE UGLY ONE TOLD THE GOOD LOOKING ONE THAT
THE MAN IN ROOM 210 HAD THE WORD SWAN TATOOED ON A VERY
INTIMATE PLACE OF HIS ANATOMY. HER CURIOSITY EXCITED, THE
GOOD LOOKING NURSE HAD TO LOOK. THE NEXT DAY SHE TOLD HER
UGLY FRIEND. "YOU WERE RIGHT ABOUT THAT GUY IN 210, BUT
THE WORD WAS SASKETCHEWAN

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): DIOLOGUE ; ERECTION ; HOSPITAL ; HUMOR ; NURSES ; OBSCENE ; SEX ; TATOO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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HOW TO REMOVE A FOREIGN OBJECT FROM YOUR EYE.

WHEN A FOREIGN OBJECT ENTERS YOUR EYE, PULL THE UPPER EYE LID
OF THE AFFLICTED EYE RAPIDLY AND REPEATEDLY. WHILE PULLING THE
EYE LID, SPIT CONTINUOUSLY. THIS PROCEDURE ALLOWS YOU TO SPIT
THE FOREIGN OBJECT FROM YOUR EYE.

Submitter comment: AS A CHILD, THE INFORMANT BELIEVED THAT THIS CURE WAS EFFECTIVE.
NOW, BOTH THE INFORMANT AND I REGARD THIS CURE AS AN EXAMPLE OF
IMAGINATION.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SPITTLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: CA00001916 ; 01-13-1980

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EXPECTANT MOTHER

WHEN I WAS ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT WITH MY FIRST CHILD,
I WENT SHOPPING WITH MY MOTHER-IN-LAW IN A VILLAGE IN LEBANON.
WE CAME ACROSS A VENDOR WITH A MONKEY. WHEN I NOTICED THE MONKEY,
I TOLD MY MOTHER-IN-LAW TO LOOK AT HOW CUTE IT WAS. SHE WAS
HORRIFIED! "SPIT, SHE YELLED, "QUICK, SPIT!
WHEN I ASKED WHY, SHE SAID IF I DIDN'T SPIT, THE BABY WOULD COME
OUT LOOKING LIKE A MONKEY.
"THAT'S A RIDICULLOUS SUPERSTITION," I TOLD HER, "I DON'T BELIEVE
IT AND I WON'T SPIT."
WHEN SHE TURNED HER BACK I QUICKLY SPIT -- JUST IN CASE.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

James Callow Keyword(s): PRAISE ; SPITTLE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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"ZE SKUNK, ZE SKUNK"

I HUNT ZE BEAR; I HUNT ZE WOLF;
SOMETIMES I HUNT ZE RAT.
LAS' WEEK I TAKE MY AX
AN' HUNT ZE SKUNK POLECAT.
MY FRIEND JACQUES SAYS HE'S VER' GOOD FUR,
AN' SOMETIME GOOD TO EAT.
I TELL MY WIFE I GET FUR COAT
AN' SAME TIME GET SOME MEAT.
I WALK TWO, T'REE, FOUR MILE.
I FEEL WAN AWFUL SMELL.
I SAY DIS SKUNK HE'S UP AND DIE,
AN' FUR COAT GONE TO HELL.
BIMEBY I SEE ZE SKUNK,
CLOSE UP BY ONE BEEG TREE.
I SNEAK UP VERA CLOSE BEHIN',
AN' T'INK HE'S NO SEE ME.
BIMEBY I'M CLOSE UP BY ZE SKUNK.
I RAISE MY AX UP HIGH,
WHEN ... UP, KERPLUNK, DIS DAM', DAM' SKUNK
SHE'S T'ROW SOMET'ING IN MY EYE.
SACRE BLU! I T'INK I'M BLIN'.
GEE WHIZ! I CAN NO SEE!
I WALK ROUN' AN' ROUN' AN' ROUN'
AN' BUMP IN DAM' OL' TREE!
BIMEBY I DROP MY AX
AN' LIGHT OUT FOR DA SHACK.
I T'INK A MILLION SKUNKS
DEY CLIM' UPON MY BACK.
MY WIFE SHE MEET ME AT DA DOOR.
SHE SEEK ON ME DA DOG.
SHE SAY."YOU NO SLEEP HERE TONIGHT.
YOU GO SLEEP MIT DA HOG."
I TRY TO CLIM' IN HOG PEN.
GEE WHIZ! NOW WHAT YOU TINK?
DAT DAM' O' HOG NOT STAN' FOR DAT
ON 'COUNT OF AWFUL STINK.
NO MORE I'M HUNT ZE SKUNK POLECAT
TO GET HIS FUR OR MEAT.
FOR IF HIS BREATH HE SMELL SO BAD,
GEE WHIZ WHAT EEFF HE SPEET.

Submitter comment: THIS POEM WAS USUALLY RECITED AROUND A FIRE ON
SATURDAY NIGHTS AT THE LOGGING CAMP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): LOGGING POEMS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRENCH DIALECT ; SPIT

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

Date learned: 03-04-1990

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It is the custom in Christian families to put
one lighted candle in the window on Christmas Eve
to symbolize that Mary and Joseph would be welcome
in your home if they were searching
for a place to stay like they were so long ago.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; Penns Grove

James Callow Keyword(s): HOSPITALITY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001980S

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FOLK SAYING

AFTER THREE DAYS, FISH AND COMPANY SMELL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Keyword(s): HOSPITALITY UNWELCOME GUESTS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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A SMILE OF WELCOME IS LIKE A BEACON LIGHTING THE
DARKEST NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): HOSPITALITY KINDNESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- V700

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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IT SEEMS THAT ONE NIGHT RAY ROWLAND, MY ROOMMATE AND A
HIGH SCHOOL BUDDY OF HIS WERE IN THE ROOM. SOMETHING
HAD HAPPENED ABOUT WHICH THEY FELT A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF
PRIDE, I GUESS. THE NEXT THING I SAW WAS RAY AND JERRY
APPROACHING EACH OTHER AS IF TO SHAKE HANDS. BUT WHAT
HAPPENED WAS DEFINITELY A HANDSHAKE IN THE NORMAL SENSE
OF THE WORD, ANYHOW. WITH THEIR RIGHT HANDS, THEY
TOUCHED THUMBS IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE TOPS OF THE HANDS
FACED EACH OTHER. THEN THE HANDS SWUNG AROUND AND THE
BOTTOMS TOUCHED, THUMBS STILL TOUCHING. UPON THE
RELEASE OF THE THUMBS, THE HANDS SLIPPED OFF EACH OTHER.
NEXT CAME A SNAP OF THE FINGERS, FOLLOWED BY A SLAP OF THE
RIGHT LEG. THE HAND THEN CAME UP TO THE MOUTH FOR A
SMALL AMOUNT OF MOISTURE ON THE MIDDLE FINGER TO BE
APPLIED TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD ABOVE THE EAR.
I THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY. I LAUGHED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

James Callow Keyword(s): SPITTLE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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Play on Words

Traveling Salesman:

There was once a traveling salesman whose car broke down in the rain. He ran to the closest farmhouse and quickly knocked at the door. An old farmer answered and the salesman pleaded for a place to spend the night.

"I'll give you board," the farmer said, "but I ain't got no daughter for you to sleep with."

"Oh." said the salesman. "Then how far is the next house?"

Submitter comment:

I remember this from Awrey's Bakery, where I worked this summer.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): Anti-feminist ; CUSTOMS ; DAUGHTER ; FARMER ; HOSPITALITY ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; Rain ; Salesman ; Stranded

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Retort

You're about as funny as a cigarette in a Cancer ward.

Submitter comment:

From his brother, Joe. From his friend, Brian Battersby.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Cancer ; Cigarette ; COMEBACK ; HOSPITAL ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

House guests and fish spoil on the third day.

Submitter comment:

Origin: Unknown

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; FISH ; Guest ; HOSPITALITY ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Spoil ; VERSE ; Welcome

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, SOMEONE'S COMING WITH A HOLE IN
THEIR BRITCHES.

Submitter comment:

BRITCHES=PANTS

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): BRITCHES ; Company ; Hole ; HOSPITALITY ; ITCH ; NOSE ; OMEN

Subject headings: Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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