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WHEN A SEAMAN DIED ABOARD SHIP AND A BURIAL AT SEA
WAS NECESSARY, A PENNY OR OTHER COIN WAS PLACED IN THE
MOUTH OF THE DEAD MAN BY HIS SHIPMATES BEFORE BEING
SEWN UP IN HIS BURIAL SHROUD. THIS COIN WAS FOR OLD
MAN CHARON, SKIPPER OF THE FERRY THAT WOULD SAFELY
CARRY THE DECEASED ACROSS THE RIVER STYX--IF PAID
IN ADVANCE.

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Where learned: BOOK

Keyword(s): ; BURIAL ; COIN ; Dead ; DEATH ; Ferry ; Lore ; MONEY ; Ocean ; Payment ; River ; SEA ; Ship ; Shroud ; Story ; Styx ; Tale ; Underworld ; VERSE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF ONE ACQUIRES STYE ON THE EYE, RUB IT WITH A GOLD RING
UNTIL THE RING FEELS WARM AND IT (STYE) WILL DISAPPEAR.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CURE ; Eye ; Gold ; REMEDY ; Stye

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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IT'S SNOWING DOWN SOUTH IF YOUR SLIP IS SHOWING.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; Garment ; Modesty ; SLIP ; SNOW ; South

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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BLOW OUT---MEANS TO PROCESS OR GET AN AFRO HAIRSTYLE.

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SUBJECT/VERB AGREEMENT AND FORM ADDED AND CORRECTED BY
EDITOR.

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Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Afro ; Blow Out ; EUPHEMISM ; Hairstyle ; Nickname ; SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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PANTY RAIDS ARE IMPOSSIBLE ON THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT
CAMPUS BECAUSE THE CO-EDS DON'T WEAR ANY UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IMMODESTY ; SEXUAL SLUR ; UNDERWEAR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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