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GOOD FRIDAY

ON GOOD FRIDAY, SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY WOULD BRING HOLY WATER AND A
PIECE OF THORN BRANCH FROM CHURCH AND OPEN THE DOOR TO THE HOUSE AND
THEN TURN AROUND 3 TIMES AND SAY, "HOLY WATER AND THORNS COME INTO
THE HOUSE; BUGS GO OUT OF THE HOUSE."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DID THIS AS A CHILD AT HER FATHER'S REQUEST.
( THE PURPOSE ) CHANGES, DEPENDING ON CURRENT NEEDS. ONE TIME IT
MAY BE TO TAKE OUT EVIL, ANOTHER TIME DUST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EXTERMINATION CHARM

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
663 Good Friday
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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VERSE

LITTLE JOHNNY TOOK A DRINK,
BUT HE SHALL DRINK NO MORE,
FOR WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS H2O
WAS H2SO4.

Submitter comment: TOLD AT INFORMANT,S HOME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): CHEMICAL TERMS ; DIGITAL HUMOR ; EUPHEMISM ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 01-20-1970

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A NEGRO STORY

A LITTLE JUNGLE BUNNY (NEGRO) WAS PLAYING WITH HIS
CHEMISTRY SET. SUDDENLY, IT EXPLODED AND MADE HIS
SKIN TURN WHITE. HE RAN IN THE HOUSE SCREECHING FOR
HIS MOMMY. SHE WAS COOKING AND DIDN'T LOOK AT HIM.
"GO 'WAY. GO BOTHER YO' DADDY FO' WHAT YOU WANTS."
HE RAN TO HIS DADDY. HE WAS WATCHING A BASEBALL GAME
AND DRINKING BEER. HE DIDN'T LOOK AT HIM. "I'SE
BUSY. GO BOTHER YO' MOMMY. GO 'WAY." THIS MADE
THE BOY MAD. "I'SE ONLY BEEN WHITE FO' FIVE MINUTES
AND ALREADY I HATES NIGGERS."

Submitter comment:

HARRY HEARD THIS STORY IN A DEARBORN BAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM ; RACISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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THE ALLIGATOR

THIS GUY WALKS INTO A BAR WITH AN ALLIGATOR. HE SAID
TO THE BAR KEEP, "DO YOU SERVE NIGGERS?"
BAR KEEP, "YES."
"GIVE ME A BEER AND A COUPLE OF NIGGERS FOR MY
ALLIGATOR."

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HEARD THIS JOKE WHILE HE WAS EMPLOYED AT
THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY DURING THE SUMMER OF 1964.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM ; RACISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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ON PLYMOUTH ROAD THERE IS AN OLD CLOSED UP SANITARIUM
AND PEOPLE SAY IF YOU GO DOWN THERE AT NIGHT YOU CAN SEE
THE NUTS WALK AROUND INSIDE AND YOU CAN SEE PLATES WITH
SANDWICHES AND VASES WITH LIVE FLOWERS. PEOPLE SAY NUTS
STILL COME BACK THERE BECAUSE THEY LIKED IT SO MUCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM=NUTS ; INSANE PEOPLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 04-05-1972

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QUITTERS NEVER WIN, AND WINNERS NEVER QUIT.

Submitter comment: HEARD IT FROM OLD BASKETBALL COACH.

Data entry tech comment: CHIASMUS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DETERMINATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NONE GIVEN

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MY MOTHER'S MOTHER TOLD HER THAT TO BE MARRIED IN
A GOWN THAT HAD SEED PEARLS UPON IT TOLD OF HAVING
GIRL CHILDREN. SURE ENOUGH, MY PARENTS HAVE TWO
CHILDREN, BOTH ARE GIRLS!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage

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TO DETERMINE THE SEX OF A PREGNANT WOMAN'S BABY, TAKE
A NEEDLE AND THREAD IT WITH A LONG PIECE OF THREAD.
HOLD IT BY THE END OF THE THREAD SO THAT THE NEEDLE CAN
SWING FREELY. HOLD IT OVER THE PREGNANT WOMAN'S BELLY.
IF THE NEEDLE SWINGS IN A BACK AND FORTH DIRECTION THEN
THE BABY IS A BOY. IF THE NEEDLE SWINGS IN A CIRCULAR
MOTION, THEN THE BABY IS A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANAPEL

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00001930ca

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If a pregnant woman is carrying her baby high
closer to the rib cage then it will be a girl.
If she carries lower, in the pelvic region,
then it is a girl.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 00001970S

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If the pregnant woman is grouchy then she is going to have a
girl.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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If the baby's heartbeat is strong while it is still inside
the mother that it is going to be a boy.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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Food: Recipe

Spiced Watermelon Rind:

9 cups (3lbs) cubed white watermelon rind. (remove all green skin)

4 cups water (1 glln)

2 tbsp salt

5 cups sugar

2 cups cider vineegar

1 cup cold water

1 sliced lemon

1 tbsp whole cloves

1 tbsp whole all spice

1 tbsp coarsley chopped cinnamon

Cover watermelon rind with 4 cups water. Add salt and let stand minute. Drain. Cover with more cold water in sacepan. Cook, covered, over low heat until tender, about 2 hours. Drain. Meanwhile, combine sugar, vinegar and remaining 1 cup cold water. Tie spices and lemon slices in a cheesecloth bag. Drop into vinegar mixture. Boil 5 minutes. Then add watermelon rind and cook until rind is transparent - about 45/60 minutes. Remove bag of spices. Pack rind and syrup into jars and seal. For crisper rind, add 2 tbsp powdered alum to water in which rind is first cooked.

Keyword(s): Canning ; FOOD ; Jar ; Meal ; RECIPE ; Rind ; Spiced ; Watermelon

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

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IF YOU'RE EVER LOST, SPIT INTO THE PALM OF YOUR HAND AND
SLAP YOUR PALMS TOGETHER, WHICHEVER WAY THE SALIVA GOES
IS THE WAY HOME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): DETERMINING DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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VOCABULARY

A HOLE IN AN OVERCAST IS CALLED A "SUCKER HOLE."

Submitter comment: YOU DON'T WANT TO GET ON TOP IF YOU CAN'T GET BACK DOWN WITHIN THE
LAW.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR USE THIS TERM.

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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ITALIAN VULGAR GESTURE

THE ITALIAN GESTURE EQUIVALENT TO THE AMERICAN
"FINGER" (THE CENTER FINGER OF THE LEFT HAND POINTED
UPWARD) WHICH MEANS "FUCK YOU" IS TO STRIKE THE LEFT
ARM JUST ABOVE THE ELBOW WITH THE FIST OF THE
RIGHT HAND. THE FOREARM (LEFT) SWINGS UPWARD.

Where learned: ITALY

Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM ; INTERCOURSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn
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Date learned: 00001969 FALL

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SCREW JOB

AN ITALIAN GESTURE FORMED BY CLENCHING FIST WITH ARM
IN A POSITION SIMILAR TO AN ARM IN A SLING. THE
WHOLE ARM IS THEN JERKED BACK AND SLIGHTLY OUTWARD.
THIS SIGNIFIES THAT SOMEONE HAS SCREWED ME OR
JEWED ME.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
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Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Ethnic Joke: Italian

Two old friends are at an airport, watching theplanes land and take off. Suddenly, one says to the other, "Hey! I bet you $25.00 that the Pope is aboard that plane!" The other guy, thinking that he has a safe bet says "you're on!" They watch the plane land, and sure enough, the red carpet rolls out to meet the plane and the Pope walks out! Later, as they guy pays off his debt, he asks, "How in the world did you know that the Pope would be on board?" "Simple," replied the other. "The plane was marked T.W.A., and as we all know, that means Top Wop Aboard!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission Card located in pile marked To Be Classified.

Italian, Ethnic

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): AIRPLANES ; Airport ; Bet ; DEROGATORY ; DEROGATORY TERM=WOP (FOR ITALIAN) ; ETHNIC JOKE ; ETHNIC SLUR ; Gamble ; JOKE ; Pope ; Stereotype

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C566
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Proverb

Where there is a will, there is a way.

Submitter comment:

heard it long time ago.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DETERMINATION ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Way ; Will

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Language

In some country places stepping into cow manure is called "cutting your foot."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Colloquialism ; COUNTRY ; Cow ; Cutting ; Foot ; MANURE ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; Step ; Term

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Language

I have heard country folk use the phrase "Garfield" in the same way as many others would say "Well, I'll be..."

It's a word of surprise.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Garfield ; Language ; SLANG ; SURPRISE ; Term ; WORD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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