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Language: Rhyme

If wisdom's ways you'd willing seek

Five things observe with care;

Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,

And how, and when and where.

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Language ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Speak ; VERSE ; When ; Where ; Whom ; WISDOM

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

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In our family, if any two people say the exact same words at
the exact same time (or at least pretty close) a tagging fight
breaks out. One of the persons involved tries to be the first to
tag the other and say, "Owe me a coke!" or "Owe me a beer!" This
tag fight can get so involved that they may even chase each other
down the street. The tagging fight can also last a very long time
and can be exciting to watch.

James Callow comment: See Cf. Hand, North Carolina, 447-454. See Puckett, Ohio, nos.
21886-21946, 22259, 22319. Despite the many examples in this great
collection, none of the verbal formulas and finger rituals match
the ones in our entry.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Speaking in unison

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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Superstition: Baseball

WHEN THE PITCHER HAS A NO-HITTER GOING IN A BASEBALL GAME IT IS BAD
LUCK TO MENTION THIS FACT UNTIL THE GAME IS OVER. IF YOU DO MENTION
IT THE PITCHER WILL LOSE HIS NO-HITTER. DURING THE 1979 DETROIT
TIGERS BASEBALL SEASON DAVE ROZEMA HAD A NO-HITTER GOING IN THE
SEVENTH INNING AND THE UN-BASEBALL-WISE CHANNEL FOUR TV ANNOUNCER
MIKE BARRY ANNOUNCED THIS AND SURE ENOUGH THE NEXT BATTER GOT A
HOMERUN. THE OTHER TV ANNOUNCERS, FORMER BASEBALL PLAYERS AL KALINE
AND GEORGE SWELL, ALMOST THREW BARRY OUT OF THEIR THIRD-DECK BOOTH.
ANYBODY THAT KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT BASEBALL KNOWS YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSE
TO MENTION A NO-HITTER AND BARRY SAID IT IN FRONT OF A QUARTER
MILLION PERSON TV AUDIENCE.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BASEBALL ; BASEBALL STADIUM ; CHANCE ; CUSTOM ; Fan ; FATE ; jinx ; LUCK ; No-Hitter ; Shutout ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): SPEAKING TABU

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-23-1979

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Superstition

Don't say it, it might happen:

It is a superstition not to mention a possibility of a bad event to occur for fear that to say so would thus cause the feared event to occur. [sic]

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out and replaced with P477

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Myself ; BATTLE CREEK

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BELIEF ; jinx ; LUCK ; SPEAKING TABU ; SUPERSTITION ; TABU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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Superstition

Point at a shooting star or even speak of it and you lose your next wish.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Origina BN's [P600.880, P800, P880] crossed out and replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): ASTROLOGY ; ASTRONOMY ; BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; jinx ; Point ; SPEAKING TABU ; SUPERSTITION ; TABU ; WISH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Gesture

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Proverb

Little pitchers have big ears.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The words (Not Pictures) is written under the submission, along with [sic]. On the back of the card, Callow has written: Type as is. A good illustration of narration in folklore.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; CONVERSATION ; Eavesdrop ; Listen ; METAPHOR ; Overhear ; Speak ; TABU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Good Advice:

It's better to be thought dumb, than to speak and remove all doubt.

Submitter comment:

Informant frequently uses saying as a warning to children. The source is unknown.

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Doubt ; Dumb ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Speak ; SPEECH ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Actions speak louder than words.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): ACTIONS ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; EVIDENCE ; Loud ; Maxim ; Proof ; PROVERB ; Speak ; VERSE ; Volume ; WORDS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Actions speak louder than words.

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): ACTION ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Loud ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Speak ; SPEECH ; VERSE ; WORDS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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THE PLACING OF THE HANDS OVER THE EYES, OR EARS, OR
MOUTH. USUALLY SIGNIFIES THE THREE LITTLE MONKEYS--
HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL AND SPEAK NO EVIL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; GESTURE ; Hear ; Hear No Evil ; See ; See No Evil ; Speak ; Speak No Evil ; Ward

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P670 P670.88
BELIEF -- Emblem
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-26-1968

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